It’s planned as a high school with flexible courses and hours, blending technology into every facet of learning.

Such a program, unique in Maryland, is envisioned for Frederick High School. But Frederick County Public Schools is still waiting to see if it will receive a $10 million grant to fund the Linking Youth to New Experiences School, which would be housed at Frederick High.

Students who would attend Frederick High School could take advantage of LYNX, though they could also maintain a traditional high school schedule if they wished, school district spokesman Michael Doerrer said.

On Tuesday, Gov. Larry Hogan signed into a law a state bill pertaining to the LYNX school, allowing the State Board of Education to grant the school waivers from certain state regulations.

The school system is vying for the $10 million grant through a competition founded by the widow of Steve Jobs, the Apple co-founder and chief executive officer. What will happen if the district doesn’t secure the grant is unclear, though Doerrer said Frederick County Public Schools Superintendent Terry Alban and Nancy Grasmick, a former Maryland state superintendent of schools, are committed to moving forward with the project regardless of the outcome of the grant competition.

The team focused on developing LYNX has been working to develop alternatives in case the district’s bid for the grant fails, including working closely with the business community, Doerrer said — not just in Frederick County, but around the state.

The next round of the grant application is due this month. The school system will know if it won the grant in August.

The school system will continue to share information on LYNX as the grant process moves forward and will seek feedback from the community, Doerrer said.

Specifics surrounding the LYNX program are still being developed. Alban must submit a plan to the Frederick County Board of Education for approval by Sept. 30 detailing curriculum and how students will be assessed on the state’s College and Career-Ready Standards, which align with Common Core.

By December, the plan will be submitted to the State Board of Education for review.

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It is an excellent idea and I am confident that many students will improve their skills and get excellent results. It is a huge step ahead when teachers do not try to fight against the technologies, but try to explain to students how to use them in the right way. We all know that most young people will more likely apply to essay online company when they need to cope with some academic assignment rather than visit a library. Educators are able to shoe them many other ways that will make study interesting and easy.

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