A community informational meeting and an Englewood School Board study session were held to discuss a charter school founding board’s request for a license to open Englewood Academy Charter School.
These talks, held Nov. 27, were the final public discussions before Dec. 11, when the school board is scheduled to decide whether or not to grant the license request for the charter school.
The discussion of whether or not to grant the application is on the agenda for the Dec. 11 school board meeting, held at 7 p.m. at the Early Childhood Development Center in the former Maddox School building at 700 W. Mansfield Ave. The meeting will be open to the public.
About 50 pe0ple were in the audience for the Nov. 27 community meeting that was the second charter school informational meeting.
The proposal is to open the charter school in August 2013 with 200 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. At build-out, the school is expected to have 420 students. No specific location has been identified for the proposed charter school.
Proponents stressed the charter school will not charge tuition, will have open enrollment and will provide an option for students. They also stated the district will benefit because charter-school students annually record higher-than-average state test scores.
Founding board members said they have about 70 letters of intent from families looking to enroll their children in the charter school when it opens. They said many of the additional students will come from the waiting lists of charter schools in Littleton and other nearby areas. They also said about 40 percent of the letters of intent are from Englewood families.
If the school board denies the application, the charter school founding board can appeal the decision to the state school board.
At the November school board study session, board president Scott Gorsky said the application for a charter school license is being taken very seriously.
“All members of the school board have reviewed the application because it our duty to review the proposal and decide the request for a charter school application on its merits,” he said. “The application has also been reviewed by school district staff and by three individuals with no association with the district who were recommended by the Charter School Institute.”
Charter school proponents replied to each of the questions about the application. In response to a question about professional development, Charter School Founding Board President Mary Zachariah said the Charter School League provides training for the charter school board members. The league also provides training for teachers on curriculum and teaching methods used in the Core Knowledge charter school.