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EXPLAINED: Why Olathe schools closed the virtual school and how that's affecting families

“You’re up there saying, ‘Well, we could look at closing schools.’ You already did."

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The Olathe school district Education Center, which is home to several of the administrative offices, is located at 14160 Black Bob Rd. 

The Olathe school district’s decision to close the Olathe Virtual School wasn’t an easy one to make, district officials have said, but they've been clear it was necessary. However, the situation and the details around it have been derided by community members, mostly those calling out the lack of transparency surrounding the decision. 

Deputy superintendent John Hutchison said the program lost $2.7 million in its first year, which compared with the $3.2 million investment the district made in it; he said that was indicative of an “unsustainable” model. He said at the outset, district leaders had hoped it would work, but it just hadn’t. 

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