The Minerva Central School is hoping to build international attendance.
continued In fact, Farrell is confident Minerva could place up to 20 students if enough host families commit. He’s already received multiple inquiries from international agencies looking to place students from many different countries. Students from Bolivia, Russia, Korea, and Japan have all expressed interest in attending MCS.
“It’s only a matter of time,” Farrell said.
The biggest obstacle is the timing, though. MCS sent in its F-1 visa application and completed an on-site inspection in 2011, but not receiving approval until now doesn’t leave much time to make placements for the 2012-13 school year. In addition, the MCS School Board placed a cap on exchange student enrollment. For the first year, MCS can only place six, a move made to test the waters rather than jump in head first.
Despite this, Farrell definitely sees a future for the F-1 program not just in Minerva, but it other Adirondack towns as well. Both Indian Lake and Long Lake have applied for it, though neither has been approved yet.