Rural School District Takes Creative Approach
Potter County in north central Pennsylvania is one of the most remote of the Commonwealth’s 67 counties. It is home to fewer than 18,000 people and is served by neither air, rail, nor interstate highway links. And though few Pennsylvanians have ever visited it, Potter County contains some of the state’s most beautiful scenery, especially on clear nights when star gazing is unspoiled by the interference of bright urban lights.
With a population spread over 1,100 square miles, providing education to the children of Potter County is a challenge. In the tiny village of Ulysses, the Northern Potter School District, one of only seven in the county, has taken a creative approach to learning for the 560 students who occupy its Pre-K through high school classrooms.
“Every student in the district will have a customized learning plan,” says Superintendent Scott Graham. It is that way now in the middle school and will roll out to every grade over time. And, in addition to traditional classroom instruction, students can take courses online, at home or at school, “24/7, anywhere, any time.”