Ripon already has eight public schools in four buildings, but a ninth school could take up much less space than the others.

   The School Board unanimously approved a recommendation Monday to pursue a virtual charter school.

   Like Ripon’s other charter schools, the proposed virtual school would utilize project-based learning strategies. The difference is that students could stay at home for the majority of their instruction time.

   The school potentially would launch in full for the 2019-20 year.

   Much sooner than that, however, the district could begin an in-house virtual program for families inside the district boundaries.

   A number of families that have chosen virtual schools for their elementary-aged children met with Ripon administrators in July to discuss the feasibility of a Ripon-based school.

   That would enable families to remain connected to their local school district while opting for a home-centered education.

Read the full story in the Dec. 21, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.