In a few short months, the Vision Home & Community Program put together a charter school application that normally takes much of a year. But when the Colorado Department of Education said the waivers under which the school has operated since 2000 may no longer be granted, Vision's board of stewards moved quickly to begin the arduous process of converting to a charter school — the first in Delta County.
The resolution approving the Vision Charter Academy was celebrated by district and Vision staff alike June 20. School board approval ensures the existence of this unique educational opportunity.
Operations will continue at three campuses located in the Delta, North Fork and Surface Creek areas serving learners in kindergarten through 12th grade. According to a press release issued last week, the school is designed to meet the needs of the whole child by utilizing a variety of materials that address the Colorado Academic Standards while maintaining a focus on the individual child's needs. All instruction is implemented under the supervision of highly qualified educators in the core content areas.
The school opened in 2000 with 130 learners at the Paonia campus and currently serves over 600 learners in three communities.
As a charter, Vision Charter Academy will receive 100% of the per-pupil funding from the state. It will then "buy back" services from the school district, including 3% for administrative costs, special services, nursing services, accounts payroll, PowerSchool, Alpine achievement, the ability to post jobs and some technology. The school district will take over maintenance of buildings and grounds.
Alternative education coordinator Delaine Hudson said Vision will continue to lease the facility on Pioneer Road, part of the old elementary school in Cedaredge, and the building on Main Street in Paonia as well as a portion of the Paonia Campus of Delta-Montrose Technical College. "We also agreed to begin discussions about facility needs, especially in Paonia, during the next school year," Hudson said.
A budget of $3,794,976 was approved for the Vision Charter Academy. Buy backs from the school district are estimated at $703,249 (about 18%), for a new total of $3,091,727.
Vision Charter Academy looks forward to serving learners in the 2013-2014 school year and can be reached after July 15 at any of the three campuses — North Fork (527-8766), Delta (874-8226) and Surface Creek (856-6193).blog comments powered by Disqus