Thursday, May 31, 2012

Fate of Caldwell Charter School Mulled by State Commission

Posted By on Thu, May 31, 2012 at 10:57 AM

The Idaho Public Charter School Commission is meeting this morning to consider the fate the Heritage Community Charter School in Caldwell. HCCS opened in Fall 2011 and serves students in grades K-12, using a bilingual (English-Spanish) education model.

A 17-page report from the state commission outlined a number of concerns, including:
-HCCS Directors "struggling with understanding and fulfillment of their governance role."
-HCCS Board "lacking adequate knowledge or understanding of the school's financial situation."
-A lack of a permanent administrator since the original administrator went on medical leave in December.
-No permanent full-time business manager.
-Student attrition during the year has been approximately 20 percent.
-An "unusually high number of disciplinary issues throughout the year."
-The school is "not able to offer several required courses, including health and speech."
-"Insufficient space is an issue at the school."

HCCS board president Richard Hammond sent an official statement out to the media and parents, saying that he was "proud of the education that is offered and was excited for the future."

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