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Corbett School District ( CSD )
Corbett Schools opened the first Charter School based on Imaginative Education in 2009. Bob Dunton served as both the Charter Director and CSD Superintendent that first year. Randy Trani was a friend and colleague of Bob Dunton from their time working together in Alaska. Randy Trani was appointed to the role of Superintendent, without any other candidates, after Bob took over the Charter full time. CSD removed Bob Dunton by removing the Charter in 2013/14. CSD kept the Charter students by “Open Enrolling” them. Here is a recap of that timeline.
- In April of 2016 the Oregon Government Ethics Commission investigated Bob Dunton and Sheri Dunton and found sufficient evidence that Bob Dunton was in violations of State Laws pertaining to Abuse of Office and Nepotism.
Doubling the Student Population in CSD (From out of the area students)
CSD used a “National Ranking Tagline” to attract students and families from outside our attendance boundaries. The reality is that our district’s academic performance has been in decline over the years and this tagline at the time reflected ONLY the number of AP tests our high school students took. (Our high school actually ranks as ” about average” with the State of Oregon compared to similar schools.) More about this can be found here.
Loopholes and CSD loses Small School Funding from the State
CSD’s leadership has also shown an ability to creatively navigate changes in the laws that allow us to grow our population based on out of area students without the Charter. Some people feel the recent letter from the state, repealing our small school funding, is only one example of how some of these loopholes are starting to close on us. CSD more than doubled the school district’s population in less than five years because of the Charter.
Charter School Never Legally Established with Multnomah County
CSD did not notify Multnomah County, when they opened the charter in 2009. Because of this the community never had their right to the legally required public hearing as to what this growth might look like, before it started. CSD’s Superintendent Trani also did not involve the school board or the community when he applied for (and received) a population increase from Multnomah County in 2013. At that time, we were out of compliance in each building on our main campus, due to growth, based on conditional use permits between 2009 and 2013 so we had to apply for a new conditional use permit.
CSD’s Financial Roller Coaster
CSD has struggled with our budget, including a “computer glitch” that resulted in an emergency board meeting the last day to file for a levy in late 2010 when a $725,000 plus shortfall was discovered. This glitch was never explained but was directly tied to the expansion of the Charter and our district’s population, only one year after it opened. There was no review or board evaluation of the Charter but we also extended their contract.