First Day for Fayetteville Public Schools Brings New Superintendent and Virtual Academy


Students across Fayetteville spent their first day of school Wednesday with a new superintendent and a new virtual academy.

We talked with Superintendent Dr. Matthew Wendt on his first day of school in session with the district. He says he couldn’t be happier to be here. “I’m surrounded by some of the greatest people on this planet. It’s just the South, the hospitality, the educational community we live in. It’s the people that make the difference.”

Dr. Wendt also said Fayetteville’s new virtual academy is a game changer for the district, breaking down barriers to learning. “We know that not all kids learn at the same time. They don’t have the need for the same structure, the same framework.”

Alan Wilbourn with the district says the Fayetteville Virtual Academy serves grades 4-8 for now, but should be K-12 by 2020. He says students don’t have to live in Fayetteville to enroll. They just need to be able to get to Fayetteville for field learning days and teacher office hours. One student even lives in Alaska right now, with plans to move to Fayetteville soon.

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