Vision Charter Academy will operate for another four years after the Delta County School District board approved a new contract. Delaine Hudson, district liaison, said a lot of negotiation and work with attorneys went into the contract, although it is substantively the same as the prior contract. There were some changes, the most notable being the addition of language regarding a three-year academic plan; the need to have desegregated data on the three learning pathways over the next three years to ensure they are equally successful; and goals increasing state and local assessments. The lease and maintenance of the three district-owned facilities to VCA remains the same, said Hudson. The Paonia facility is leased on a year-to-year basis, whereas Delta and Surface Creek facilities are under a four-year lease. The reason, said Hudson, is that the future of the Paonia campus is uncertain. Director Willyn Webb said the contract will enable Vision Charter Academy to continue to provide choice for families who want individualized, blended learning options with parental involvement and teacher support.
On Dec. 4 Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes denied the application of Paonia Holdings, LLC for a change of land use for the property at 41322 Highway 133, with an adjacent residence at 41402 Highway 133 and an ancillary property at 16180 Stevens Gulch Road.
The property is owned by Bowie Resources, LLC, and was formerly used as a coal load-out site.