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WHRO partnership with Mathews schools pays big dividends

For an annual investment of less than $3,800, Mathews County Public School receives more than $420,000 in access to online courses and other services and programs through its partnership with WHRO.

Bert Schmidt, president and CEO of the public broadcasting station, and Brian Callahan, its vice president of education, addressed the Mathews County School Board during its meeting Tuesday night in the Mathews High School media center. They reviewed WHRO’s most recent annual impact statement for the school division.

WHRO is the only public broadcasting station in the United States that is owned by a collaboration of local public school districts. Nineteen districts, including both Mathews and Gloucester, are owners of the station.

By far, the biggest benefit to Mathews is in the online courses the station offers. Since WHRO’s Education Online Courses service was launched in 2007, 24 courses have been developed including Algebra I and II, Biology, Earth Science, Oceanography, ...

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