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Lake Co. faces tough questions on growing virtual school

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LAKE COUNTY, Fla. - The Lake County School District is facing tough questions about its growing virtual school.

The county launched Florida Virtual School a year ago. The program started with 25 students, and this semester it had 190 students.

Schools officials said they don't have a goal of how large they want to franchise to be. They just want it to be effective.

But school board watchdogs said "effective" doesn't cut it.

"They ought to have a plan and say, 'OK, within a month we want 30 more students and then we want 60 more students the next month.'  That's how a business operates," said Vance Jochim of Lake County Fiscal Rangers.

Another concern Jochim said the school board needed to pay more attention to the program's funding, and that the district's business plan needed to include the right amount of students to justify the principal's six-figure salary.