Hundreds of students across the state are still waiting to learn if they will be able to attend East Tennessee's second virtual school, based in Campbell County.
The school year there is three days old and the school's future still hangs in the balance.
We told you last week how the State Department of Education denied Campbell County school's application to start a new online school called Tennessee Cyber Academy.
The state told Campbell County administrators in a letter that they did not provide an adequate plan to start the school with for-profit vendor K12's curriculum.
Campbell County administrators spent the past week putting together a 400-page packet for the state. The packet provides instructional time and attendance policies as well as management charts that they had not previously provided.
In the cover letter, Director of Schools Donnie Poston wrote to the deputy commissioner of education, "Hopefully, an approval is forthcoming and a strong partnership will begin between Campbell County, K12 Inc., and the Tennessee Department of Education. We want nothing more than to provide the best educational opportunities and experiences for the children of our county."
Meanwhile, Poston told 10News at a school board meeting that he has major concerns.
"I've made no bones about, I have some really serious reservations," said Poston.
Tennessee Cyber Academy passed the school board with a 9-1 vote. Poston does not have a vote.
He said he supported it in the beginning, but has since backed down on full support. He said he is worried the virtual school, with the majority of kids from outside their county, could bring down the entire system's test scores.
Since the vote, some members who voted for it, have also grown concerned about moving forward.
Union County Schools, who has operated a similar school through the K12 vendor for two years, saw test scores in the bottom 11% in the state in its first year. Second years scores did bring some improvement, according to Union County's director of schools, but he says they still rank amongst the lowest statewide.
"I'm a little concerned about the TCAP scores that came in in Union County," said School Board Member Rector Miller. "When the officials were here with K12 they told us they felt like there would be an increase from the year before. And there wasn't. But to be honest I think we're at the level now to where the state is telling us no they're not going to approve it, then we're not going to get it anyway."
Miller also said they were relying on the money they would make off the virtual school from the state to help fund eight additional school resource officers they were trying to put in place this school year.
For now Campbell County schools will not be able to move forward with the virtual school or add the SROs they want for their elementary schools.
Meanwhile, all children who have applied for the virtual school should be registered at their local school.