The Charter School was created in 2009, you can read here for that information. Today the Charter School has a max occupancy of 510. Our local resident population has fluctuated over the past 20 years from just below 600-700 students. Select here for more about enrollment numbers and the current application for population increase.
December / January 2010
When talk of an expansion of the Charter School was rumored to be at hand with the Corbett School Board, an online petition was posted for those in the community who wanted to let our school board know that we felt we should be working to keep our schools small and our roads safe.
This online petition and many hand signed signatures were presented to the Corbett School Board at the January 2011 School Board meeting for the public record. The official board minutes read: “2.4 Victoria Purvine, parent/patron, spoke about community input and information regarding petition handouts for the Board.”
There is no mention that the petition was relevant to discussions at hand or even what it was for. It also was never made as part of the minutes for download. The opinions and remarks from the community on this petition were also never included in the “survey results” that Randy Trani used when making his assessment, that the community supported the Charter expansion etc.
- Official board meeting minutes state that there were two comprehensive executive sessions on expanding the Charter.
- This “action item” was added to the agenda ONE DAY before the board meeting. The vote was 5-2 ( The the two newest board members, at that time, felt since this was the first time this topic was in the public view, that it should have been allowed more time for discussion and public input. Select here to read this section of the official board minutes from 3/9/11. )
- Superintendent Trani met with board members individually prior to the board meeting. This was mentioned, in the official meeting minutes, by Director Mickalson where he states that he still had questions about his meeting with Mr. Trani the day before on this topic.
- This vote was not mentioned at the Q&A held by the Superintendent the same night, held immediately prior to the board meeting. Many people at the Q&A went home. They had no idea our board was voting on anything like this that night.
- This vote was directly tied to and meant to mend the $725,000 shortfall that was discovered in the budget soon after Superintendent Trani took over the chair from past Superintenent Bob Dunton. ( This shortfall was the reason for the “emergency meeting” that was called of the school board the previous September 2, 2010. That meeting was held at 4:00 PM, on the last day to file to place a levy on the ballot, and the paperwork was filed with the County at 4:35 PM. See the official documentation and more info here.
- Charlie O’Neil, long time board member and supporter of Bob Dunton, again mentions our NATIONAL RANKING under “the same administration as is running CCS…” as a reason to vote this expansion/extension through. ( Also mentioning “TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE” – which is again the same push we had when we STARTED the original Charter School. )
- Director Childs ( replaced by Director Purvine at the last election ) mentions, on the same official record, that the Community Forum held in January 2011 showed the community support for the Charter expanding, as another reason to vote yes. ( However there was no mention at all about the petition to keep CSD small, submitted at the school board meeting during that same month. Nor was that information calculated into the Superintendents handouts at that time showing the results from what the community had to say.)
Over 50% of students now do not live in Corbett. We lost our grade school library to make classroom space for the Charter, in fact. The only open seats are currently “owned” by the Charter School. So the new law that took effect this month that says that we can now accept unlimited students without a Charter School at all, is null and void in our particular case…. until we create more classrooms in the Springdale School OR perhaps pass a bond to create new buildings and get the county to approve our application for population increase.
Two new school board members elected and two were removed from office. [ Link ]
Dr. Trani stated that he’d like to have between 1,100 to 1,400 students in the district and that will involve adding buildings or classrooms to accomplish that goal. This is a subject that has been the focus regarding the Springdale School and the special “sub committee” because to meet the loan cost Dr. Trani figures it will involve bringing in another 226 +/- students from out of the district.
The board voted, 5-2, to take out the loan. ( The actual numbers were 268 students/staff for Springdale. ) If the Legislation changes the rules regarding Charters, or caps the percentage of students you may bring in from out of district, the cost will fall to the General fund to make the loan payment.
It’s a multi-faceted issue and studies were notdone prior to the school board members voting to take out the loan.
[ Link to these notes from the September 2011 board meeting ]