Standing at right, Briony Storz, food service director for Ripon Area School District, speaks to the School Board Monday night during a presentation on a food service audit report. Standing with Storz is a representative from A’viands, the company that provides food for the district. Board members listening are, from left, Amy Pollesch, Josh Rieder, Nicole Kutz-Menard, John Sperger, Gary Rodman, Tom Stellmacher, Andy Lyke and David Olson.
Standing at right, Briony Storz, food service director for Ripon Area School District, speaks to the School Board Monday night during a presentation on a food service audit report. Standing with Storz is a representative from A’viands, the company that provides food for the district. Board members listening are, from left, Amy Pollesch, Josh Rieder, Nicole Kutz-Menard, John Sperger, Gary Rodman, Tom Stellmacher, Andy Lyke and David Olson.

A virtual public school in Ripon, for Riponites, is a go for the fall.

Now all it needs are real, live students and a real, live teacher.

The School Board unanimously approved a teaching position for the proposed school Monday, after approving the plan for the program last month.

That means the district administration has the green light to start finding interested families with students who want to fill the virtual seats.

The proposal, as approved, would limit the virtual program to one section, approximately 25 students.

Board member David Olson asked what the district would do in the event that it fell just short of that number.

“I think we would bring that forward to see what the board’s thoughts were. I mean, if we had 12 students, would it be a part-time [teaching] position?” Superintendent Mary Whitrock said. “I think that we could bring that to you to have you review what it would look like overall, but thought it was important to at least put this out so that we were sending a message to potential parents that the board was committed, if there was interest, to at least consider it as an option.”

Read the full story, including other items from Monday's meeting, in the Jan. 18, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.