Distance Learning Program

By: Renee' LaSalle
By: Renee' LaSalle

Newton County High School is now offering students a chance to study virtually any subject available.

That's thanks to the school's new Distance Learning Lab, built with money from a $350,000 Agricultural Grant. Using cameras and microphones students in the lab in Newton County are able to see, hear, and interact with teachers practically anywhere.

Superintendent Billy Pierce says while the technology seems complicated the idea is pretty simple.

"It's a matter of scheduling with other schools and other folks in the state, and just getting the kids to sign up for it, getting them interested in it," said Pierce.

Pierce has had no shortage of interested students. Thanks to the new technology 13 Newton County students are currently studying a Short Stories Writers class being taught in Tunica.

"I was really excited about it. You know, I thought it was a good opportunity for other kids to express themselves in other ways," said ninth grader Thomas Wilson.

There are still a few bugs to work out with the system. Pierce hopes to someday be able to use the lab to allow kids to talk to parents deployed overseas.

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