BY TYLER THOMPSON
Glasgow Daily Times
The Barren Academy of Virtual and Expanded Learning (BAVEL) is progressing.
The program continues to impress parents, students and administrators throughout the Barren County School System.
Directors Phillip Napier and Melinda Owens said they receive calls every day from parents who inquire about enrolling their children into the virtual learning program.
“It was around 2002 when the program itself was born, and what they [district officials] were looking for at that time was to address the parking lot kids,” Napier said. “Those were the kids who knew they would never be back at Barren County High School.”
Napier said the program is tailored to students from all backgrounds.
“We have students who may have a medical condition, where they can’t attend school all day long,” he said. “We have some students who are pursuing modeling, acting and singing careers. We also serve teen moms.”
Owens said the program even appeals to student-athletes.
“We have some tennis players and students from different sports,” she said.
The program fits students who don’t fit into the fabric of a traditional brick-and-mortar school.
“This opens up another option for them,” Napier said. “Our courses are available seven-days-a-week, 24-hours-a-day. It really offers some flexibility.”
For the full story, read the Sept. 20 print or e-Edition of the Glasgow Daily Times.