Cora Huter, a senior at Berlin High School, hopes to have a career in nursing, but she could be at a disadvantage when she applies to colleges.
Her high school does not have a chemistry teacher this year, and Huter and other students are studying chemistry online through the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School, which provides courses to many students in the state via the internet.
The new superintendent of Berlin schools, Julie King, said while the online course is fine, the students will not have laboratory experience in chemistry.
King replaced longtime superintendent Corinne Cascadden who stepped down this year.
Huter’s mother, Amy, was the principal of the Brown Elementary School at one time. The school board decided this year to close it (the last elementary school in Berlin) and move the students into the high/middle school facility built in 1919.
Berlin, like many North Country schools, has experienced declining school enrollment, but it also lost $1 million in state education aid over the past three years after lawmakers decided to reduce stabilization grants by 4 percent a year.