Online program to be put to vote

By The Mercury

The USD 383 school board will vote on whether or not to start its own online education program during Wednesday’s meeting – 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Robinson Education Center, 2031 Poyntz Ave.

The proposed Manhattan Virtual Program (MVP) would replace iQ Academy Kansas, which ends when the district’s contract with K12 Inc., the academy’s provider, expires June 30.

If approved, MVP would start next school year for students in grades 7-12 with a similar model to iQ Academy Kansas, which also allows students statewide to enroll.

There would be a three-year build up to increase focus on career engagement, combine online and face-to-face instruction, and allow certification, degree and early college credit opportunities.

The board also will vote on relief options for those employees affected by the district not withholding enough state taxes.

The district caused a problem for 21 percent of its employees because of an error when entering the new tax tables in the district’s payroll software.

Employees who had a Kansas withholding status of single and earned more than $33,000, had $15,000 of income with no taxes withheld, a total error $735.

Employees who had a Kansas married withholding status and made more than $66,000, had $30,000 of income that did not have taxes withheld, which totaled $1,470.

If the board approves, those employees affected will be allowed an individualized salary advancement option as well as receiving reimbursement for any incurred tax penalties.

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