Board discusses charter school
Leader Staff Writer
At the meeting last week, school board members were apprised of the plans for the charter school, opening in Perry during the next school year. Officials from the Promontory School of Expeditionary Learning presented a power point program and fielded questions from the board.
According to Chair of the Board of Trustees Valerie Nelsen and school director, Bryce Passey, approximately 450 students grades kindergarten through eighth grade will be attending. Applications have been taken and a lottery conducted to confirm those seated at the school.
Construction has begun at the site. Passey emphasized that traffic flow and safety of students will be given priority in the development of the school plan.
Board members were assured that teachers will be certified, including specialty faculty members. Students will be clustered in groups and participate in several outings during the year that will build the curriculum. Parental involvement of 30 hours per year is encouraged.
Another two-year contract for Superintendent Ron Wolff was ratified by the board. 50 individuals were contacted for peer evaluation, stated Connie Archibald, board president. The superintendent was lauded for his “transparency” and communication abilities.
Ron Frandsen, Business Administrator, told the board of three properties owned by the district and gave some possibilities for their use.
Jim Christensen, Facilities Manager, gave an update on construction throughout the district. Snowville Elementary School should be ready for bids in early spring, with construction beginning shortly after.
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