12 Jan Online school to remain open, try to climb out of deficit
Waukesha’s school board decided to keep going with IQ Academies of Wisconsin, an online public high-school, even though it’s expected to post a $600,000 deficit in its first year.
The school had been pitched as a revenue source. It would draw students from around the state and receive $5,000 each under the state’s open enrollment system while keeping costs down. But administrators scaled back expectations when it got fewer students than anticipated, they were left paying for more staff than they needed, and the technology didn’t work perfectly.
Now, the board voted unanimously to keep the school running and renew marketing efforts to get more students.
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