BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The East Baton Rouge School Board has greenlighted a partnership with Arizona State to operate the district’s virtual academy.

The plan is to have Arizona State serve as the instructional operator for the district’s virtual academy.

According to the contract agreement, the program will serve students in grades 6 through 12.

The district says this is designed to fulfill the needs of schools that need access to digital curriculum. 

“There was some debacle that took place at the beginning of the school year with being able to have virtual school properly to manage a lot of our students. That ball was kind of dropped, but now we’re being very steadfast on finding the best available option for our students,” said East Baton Rouge School Board member Dadrius Lanus.

During Thursday’s meeting, community members questioned the district’s plan and logistics of the program.

“Come December 16th when they make that final vote, is that contract going to be sufficient. What is the board or the school district going to do to make sure that parents are fully informed on the details of the finalized contract?” said Maria Harmon with Step Up Louisiana. 

The board will make a vote at the next meeting scheduled for December 16th.