Green Lake School Board agrees to close charter school

After a five-year run, the charter school at Green Lake School will close this spring.

During a meeting May 8, the Green Lake School Board officially acknowledged the non-renewal of the Green Lake Global and Environmental Academy (the junior high charter school) for next school year.

The charter school is in its fifth year, opening in fall 2008.

School District Administrator Ken Bates noted the current contract expires in June with the charter school’s Governing Board.

“They are not going to pursue renewing it,” he told the board. “If neither board takes any action, it would expire on its own.”

Low numbers played a big part in the decision, he indicated.

“The main reason is the small size of the current sixth grade class and combining it with the three seventh graders that are in charter,” Bates explained. “If half of the sixth grade went into the charter, it would leave only eight students for regular seventh grade. The charter [Governing] Board realizes the difficulty of having to staff such a small number. The charter [Governing] Board also made a decision not to seek to make the entire seventh and eighth grade a charter school, like many small schools have done. However, they did recommend the district incorporate the charter school activities and themes into the regular seventh and eighth grade curriculum.”

Bates indicated the Governing Board will meet to tie up loose ends and arrange for the disbursement of remaining funds. Read more news from the Green Lake School Board meeting, only in the May 16 issue of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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