Outside the box, indeed.
Margaretta Schools two "academies" -- one for Margaretta students and the other for out-of-district students -- might help redefine local education for a new era and support the schools' traditional mission at the same time.
Both schools offer online and traditional courses designed for home-schooled children seeking academic credit or children who have been suspended or expelled from a traditional K-12 program.
Online conversion students will be provided with laptops to do their work and communicate with their teachers from home. Others will be given textbooks and work with their teachers on a weekly basis.
The school gets $5,400 in local and state tax money -- from the student's home school district, not from any extra taxes levied on Margaretta residents -- for each student enrolled. There are also state and federal grants in play.
This last bit is important because that money will take pressure off Margaretta Schools' overall budget, now in the red. That means the schools will be better able to carry out their traditional mission -- educating Margaretta district students in the usual school settings -- in addition to these new missions.
Kids get a chance to further their learning, or at least not let their learning be sabotaged by a discipline problem. Margaretta Schools get money.
We're hard-put to find a loser in this situation.