New high-tech school opens in NW Arkansas

(August 18, 2003) - (Greenland-AP) -- A new charter school starts classes today in the Greenland community south of Fayetteville, offering computer equipment and training not available before in that district. The school is a conversion charter school, started by a school district that wanted to devote its facilities to nontraditional teaching methods. What was formerly Greenland High School is now called the Arkansas School for Information Systems and Technology. Students at the school will log on to wireless laptops to work through courses at their own pace. Charter schools are publicly funded schools free from certain regulations so they can try something different. They have a special contract with the state Education Department.