In 2015 Jim Saali and his wife, Sallye, had “a glorious idea to move to Phoenix,” Mr. Saali recalls in a tone indicating the idea was anything but. “We lasted one year. We were so homesick.” Living several states away, Mr. Saali was wistful for the little things, like running into friends and students at the grocery store. After teaching Spanish at De Smet Jesuit High School for 22 years, he was used to these chance encounters happening all the time — and he missed them tremendously.
Webster Groves School District, following new state legislation, is creating a program through which high school students can enroll and get credit for many online courses.
District officials announced and explained the program at the School Board meeting Monday night. The Ritenour School Board gave initial approval to its program four days earlier and other districts are following. The programs are to begin as early as January.