Charter School fields questions from parents


DUGGER, Ind. (WTHI) – The first day of school is right around the corner.

One Wabash Valley community held an Enrollment Round-Up this afternoon.

Dugger Union Community Schools has partnered with Indiana Cyber Charter School for the upcoming school year.

Saturday Indiana Cyber was on hand to field questions from parents and students.

As a proud Bulldog, for Jawna Graniti sending her nine-year old son anywhere other than Dugger Elementary would be a difficult decision.

“He has gone to Dugger since Kindergarten and there was no other option for me,” she said.

Graniti felt a sense of relief when Indiana Cyber offered an alternative.

“It was miraculous, awesome, a huge relief.”

Over one hundred parents have already enrolled their children in the program.

“Indiana Cyber is a virtual school but we also have a blended component which offers blended opportunities,” said Don Williams, CEO of Indiana Cyber Charter School.

The goal is to offer online learning in a classroom setting.

“We can infuse technology into that classroom setting so that a child can go at their own pace. They can learn live-time via technology, or live-time via a classroom setting,” said Williams.

Williams also stressed the importance of having one on one teacher instruction.

“I’ve noticed a lot of students have trouble with reading, so it’s nice to be able to sit down with a student, open up a book, and go through that with them,” said Brandy Gentry, whose applied to be a teacher through Indiana Cyber.

To provide that classroom setting Indiana Cyber hopes to bring new life to the Dugger school building.

“We’re going through the application process now. There is a process that we are following, and we will have more information about that as we continue until the start of school,” said Williams.

Parents hold out hope that the doors of Dugger will be opening once again but until then…

“If we have to do it at home, then we have to do it at home, it’s not a big deal, but I have faith that the building will come through,” said Graniti.

The curriculum offered through Indiana Cyber is for Kindergarten through 12th grade.

The program also offers dual credit courses available through Trine University.

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