Jerri Kemble, superintendent of the Centre School District in Lost Springs, Kansas, knows first-hand the challenges of leading a small school district: She’s not only the superintendent, but also the K-12 principal and virtual school director for this one-school district located “in the middle of a wheat field.”

Kemble, a 2012 winner of the Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards from eSchool Media, sought to overcome the geographical hurdles created by having just one school building in a 400-square-mile area by establishing a virtual school, which now educates 88 of the district’s 350 students.

But establishing...

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