UPDATE: APPLICATION WAS APPROVED. Details and Hearings Officer’s findings here.
The Corbett School District is applying with Multnomah County for a community service permit that will increase the student population for the Corbett School district. The application was due November 24, 2012 to Multnomah County – however CSD did not submit that application until early February 2013. When the request for additional information and clarification came from the County in early March, CSD did not respond for two more months, citing the school board elections as part of the reason for delay.
The School Board has not been involved at all with this application for population increase. This process has not been on any school board agenda, has never been open for discussion nor has any input been allowed from the residents or parents who live in Corbett.
Corbett’s Charter School was NOT legally established with Multnomah County
No permits are on record for the establishment of the Corbett Charter School. An expansion of the student body population within the existing school buildings requires a conditional use permit in the GGRC zone too. Conditional uses must meet the base zone’s development standards as well as the off-street parking standards and NSA Site Review standards.
In order to provide “good quality information” …. The audio of this meeting is available so that people can hear, for themselves, the information about the Charter School and the issues with traffic and safety addressed at this County meeting. You can also hear that ODOT ( Oregon Department of Transportation ) and the NSA ( National Scenic Act ) legally needed to be involved in any expansion and they also were never notified. You can download the pre-application, submitted by Randy Trani and Peter Fry, in July of 2012 at the above link.
“When I came to Corbett seven years ago there were 50 percent fewer students in the district and at least 25 percent more employees.” – Randy Trani from his 7 page paper from January 2011 about the Charter School. ( According to ODE enrollment data this is not a true statement. )
“The Resident population over the last 8 years has gone from 525 to around 700 resident students…” Randy Trani speaking at the August 2012 pre-application meeting with Multnomah County. ( At 24:15 of the audio )
” Over the last four years our resident population has increased by nearly 25% percent to 663! “ – Randy Trani and his view that Corbett is growing substantially and that transfer outs are down from October 2012. [ Link to CSD blog. ]
” Five years ago, when I was the principal, Corbett was host to around 170 inter-district transfer students. Some of those students had been “Corbett Kids” for many years. ” – Randy Trani in his explanation of the letter sent to the Charter in April 2013 about possible non-renewal of their rental agreement.
* According to the Oregon Department of Education ( ODE ) Corbett’s resident ( students actually living in Corbett ) student population in 2008 was 696. Backing out the “170 inter-district transfer students” means our resident population ( living in Corbett ) was 525.
According to ODE our resident population has has fluctuated between 600 and 700 students for the past 20 years. We show 673 enrolled in 1993. We show 705 in 1998. That seems to prove that from 1998 to 2008 we actually lost 180 resident students. While we may have added more families/students locally since that time, the fact is our resident population seems to have remained mostly the same.
The last page of the below pdf shows the enrollment data from 1993-2000 through the district’s own submissions to the state as part of their TRANSPORTATION REPORTS. [ Link to the ODE numbers here. ]
Yes, our district numbers have significantly increased over the last 4 years.
- We created a Charter School , and then expanded that Charter School when we had an accounting error in the amount of $725,000.
- Benefited from new laws ( HB3681 ) as of January of 2012 (which allow CSD to call a student a “RESIDENT” even if they do not reside in Corbett.)
- We opened CAPS in Springdale, allowing in more students.
- Keep in mind also, if a student leaves ( that lives here in Corbett ) and goes to a private school or is home schooled, these numbers are not reported to ODE. So our “transfer out” rates are not accurate, as we all know someone being home schooled or going to Open Door or Phonics Factory.