Boundary change proponents now gathering signatures on a petition to redistrict Corbett SD with Cascade Locks. George Fischer and Connie Kennedy, part of the Cascade Locks Charter School ( CLCS ) committee, have been attempting to get their Charter School off the ground for the past two years. They were denied both by Hood River ( twice ) and finally by the State of Oregon. They were gathering signatures to have the voters in Hood River and Corbett Oregon decide.
Bob Dunton, the Corbett Charter School Director and his wife, Sheri Dunton were listed in school board minutes in Hood River since early in 2010. Bob Dunton was listed as a consultant for CLCS. The Charter school could house 225 students and has been in the works since 2009. Connie Kennedy also hosted a presentation from Bob Dunton in 2008 in the school district where she was last Superintendent. More details on this and a link to some articles in relation to Kennedy and Fischer, select here.…
To read the State of Oregon’s reasons for rejecting the Charter School’s Educational model please select here.
3/21/2012: ” Trani said he understands that ultimately, the merger decision is not up to either school district’s administration.”I don’t want to say we don’t support it, he said. “We support the actions of the voters; we don’t really get a say.” [ Hood River News ]
3/5/2012: “I received an email response from Dr. Randy Trani, superintendent of the Corbett School District, asking him for an update regarding their position on a merger possibility: “It seems that Cascade Locks will not be receiving the ‘small school extra funds’ this next year, which would make it very difficult to justify a small k-12 school in Cascade Locks. That being the case, I expressed to the school board that I could not support a merger at this time”
District Boundary Changes
The boundary change proponents are now working with Deborah Dyson, a Tillamook County-based attorney who works with nonprofits and charter schools, to draft a petition that will meet revisions to the statutes which take effect this month ( January 2012 ).
A quorum of the Corbett School Board was in attendance at the meeting held by the committee, run by George Fisher and Connie Kennedy Buttaccio, in Cascade Locks on January 11, 2012, though they did not join in discussion.
From that meeting it was shared that the school in Cascade Locks could ultimately be an extension, expansion or even another Charter school if that is the choice of CSD. Redistricting would also mean that any bond or levy that comes before the public for a vote in the future for Corbett Schools, would be voted on by residents in Cascade Locks as well.
“If either Corbett or Hood River County school districts do not give their blessing to the change, the petition could still be forwarded to the counties for a decision.” For details on this check out this article from December 2011 in the Hood River News. ”
If no remonstrance petition on the change or merger is submitted requiring an election as provided in subsection (2) of this section, the board shall issue an order that the change or merger shall become effective …. For The Oregon Laws involved with this merger see here.