Did the district non-renew the Charter School?
The School Board sent a letter to Bob Dunton in early April 2013 about possible non-renewal of the Charter’s RENTAL agreement. You can read that letter as well as Bob Dunton’s response at this link. He stated on Facebook in June 2013 that he will be asking for a 5 year contract renewal and plans to stay in Corbett. Select here for a timeline of the Charter School non-renewal.
Dunton also tried opening a new Charter in San Diego but was denied in late October 2013. There is something brewing in Rockwood too. Most recently (12/16/2013 ) Bob sent a letter stating he fully intends to continue in Corbett next year with his wife and you can read that letter here ( this is about a month before the board votes on this decision, on 1/15/2014. )
The Charter School director and his wife make how much?
The Charter Director and his wife earn about $320,000 for a school with less than 510 students. Actually $318,819.00 ( See pdf with 990s here )They both teach and serve as administrators within the walls of the Corbett School district’s existing buildings. In the high school the Charter and District students share classrooms and teachers.
And who approved that?
The Charter Director ( Bob Dunton ) was actually our Superintendent of schools at that time. It was his call along with our school board and the Charter Board of Directors. The Charter Board President was Randy Trani when the Charter started up. Randy Trani is now our new/current Superintendent.
Charter School Board of Directors in 2010
Randy Trani – President. District Employee. ( Then Principal. ) Since promoted to CSD Superintendent.
Charlie O’Neil – Our longest serving school board member. ( Charlie was both on the Charter Board and District Board. )
Holly Dearixon – District Employee. Now the CSD Director of Curriculum.
Phil Pearson – District Employee. ( Was a teacher at the time. Came to Corbett as a first/second year teacher. ) Since promoted to Administration.
Lori Luna – District Employee. ( Was a teacher at the time. Came to Corbett as a first/second year teacher. ) Since promoted to Administration.
Nancy Gyerko – ( Was a parent volunteer. ) Since hired full time by our district to work at Springdale/Caps.
Derek Jaques – Derek was a former 10+ year employee who was our High School Assistant Principal. He left Corbett soon after the Charter was expanded in 2011. He served on the spring 2014 accreditation site committee. He was also, in the process of being re-hired by Superintendent Trani during the same time. He has now been re-hired as an administrator in Corbett SD. According to the posted agenda on board books from July 2014, he had a starting salary of $101,535 with PERS pick up and a monthly stipend.
Over the past few years there has been quite the turn-over of board members on the Charter Board. Currently ( as of 2012 ) this is the board listed for the Corbett Charter School:
Nancy Gyerko, Chair
Directors:Robert Dunton, Sheri Dunton and Kieren Egan