The Falcon School District 49 school board approved the transfer of GOAL Academy, a statewide online high school, at a special board of education meeting Wednesday Nov. 28 night.

There was some discussion before the vote. Board Vice President Christopher Wright said the addition will advance district’s blended learning infrastructure.

Board President Tammy Harold and member Henry Allen were not at the meeting.

GOAL Academy had been chartered through the Colorado Charter School Institute and started working on changing its authorizer months ago.

The school last year had about 2,700 student in grades nine through 12. About 71 percent of its students qualify for free or reduced-price meals. It has more than a dozen drop-in centers around Colorado, allowing students, parents and learning teams to meet as necessary for such things as tutoring. The two Colorado Springs sites are at The Citadel mall and Chapel Hills Mall.

Contract details still need to be hammered out between GOAL and D-49 officials. The agreement will be finalized by Dec. 13.

Officials expect GOAL Academy to eventually boost funds in the growing district on the eastern edge of Colorado Springs.