Making the Grade
Fall 2017
Tim Haist, the Superintendent of Big Rapids Public Schools, hosts Making the Grade.

On Making The Grade, we talk with staff of Big Rapids Public Schools to discuss their new alternative online classes, Big Rapids Virtual School. Tim Buckingham, teacher and mentor of Big Rapids Virtual School, who’s been with Big Rapids Public Schools for 53 years. Buckingham breaks down how a few new ideas for schooling were implanted and grew into the Virtual School.

Next, Amy Bordano, a Big Rapids and Ferris State graduate, explains how her background in customer service paved the way for her to help alternative high school kids. Bordano and Buckingham explain how the Virtual School has helped students graduate that may not have if it wasn’t for the alternative education.

Then, Kelsey Guild, a 2016 graduate of Big Rapids Virtual School and a soon-to-be certified nursing assistant, discusses her experiences with the Big Rapids Virtual School and how she was able to excel in her education.

Making the Grade
Making the Grade is a half hour show dedicated to academics on the campus at Ferris State University.