An application to create a new charter school in the North Fork area has been reviewed by 50J administrators and district accountability committee members, and was the focus of a community meeting in Paonia earlier this month. Applicants also met with members of the Delta County School Board during a work session Dec. 9.
Still, school board members say they have unanswered questions about the Blossom Valley School, which will be based on the Waldorf educational model.
They have put together a list of questions and submitted them to the applicants. Because a decision must be made by the end of the month, the school board will hold a special meeting at the district office Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the responses and act on the application.
The first step is determining if the currently operating Blossom Valley co-op is a private school. "You can not convert a private school to a charter," superintendent Caryn Gibson explained at the school board's monthly December meeting.
School board member Tammy Smith had questions about the steps the school would take if students fall behind academically. Fellow board member Jan Tuin found the budget "perhaps unrealistic" and based on "speculative" enrollment numbers. He believes the school must be able to operate independently of grants, fundraisers and prohibitive fees. Further, it was also pointed out the location of the school has yet to be determined.blog comments powered by Disqus