Negotiations with the Vision Charter Academy are proceeding smoothly, with contract approval expected in June. Still, Vision parents and staff members were disappointed the Delta County Board of Education did not vote to authorize the charter at its May meeting.
The item was listed on the agenda, but school board member Tammy Smith said it makes sense to delay authorization until the contract is signed in June.
Barb Hulet said the delay leaves parents hanging.
Given the challenges of uniting the three Vision Home & Community programs under one umbrella, Delta Vision director Caryn Braddy said employees and parents are not feeling stable and secure. "We hear your words, but action would mean a lot."
Superintendent Caryn Gibson assured them the lack of action wouldn't "slow them down a bit" and school board members repeated their desire to open the charter school July 1, as originally proposed.
After prolonged discussion, school district attorney Aaron Clay pointed out that while authorization of the charter was on the agenda, there was no written resolution on which to act. "You can pass a vote of confidence, but you can't act on a verbal charter," he told school board members. "You don't have a charter in front of you to approve."
The contract is so close to being finalized, Vision directors suggested a special meeting in late May for final approval.
Discussion continued until Smith made the motion suggested by Clay, affirming the school board's commitment to the charter school. The motion approved 5-0.
Earlier in the meeting, school board members were updated on a second charter school in the works. Speaking on behalf of 10 to 12 families, Carrie Tentori said a public Waldorf charter school is being explored. Tantori says the "unusual, remarkable Waldorf approach is uniquely suited to Delta County for a variety of reasons." Organizers envision a fully operational farm school at a location to be determined. The school would serve 40 to 60 K-8 students beginning with the 2014-15 school year. They hope to bring the charter school application before the school board, the sole chartering authority in Delta County, in October.
Yet another option will be available for Delta County students when the Delta County Opportunity Schools expand to Cedaredge in the fall, the third location for the alternative school.blog comments powered by Disqus