School Board reverses charter school decision

Posted: Thursday, June 11, 2009

JUNEAU - The Juneau Community Charter School can add middle school, the School Board decided Tuesday.

The board's 4-3 vote in favor of allowing the school to add seventh grade next fall and eighth grade the year after that reverses a March 3 decision that would not have allowed the school to expand.

Board members Andi Story, JoAnne Bell-Graves and Phyllis Carlson voted against the expansion Tuesday, citing concerns over additional costs and the diversion of money from traditional programs in a tight budget year.

The school currently has 66 students in kindergarten through sixth grades.

The charter school historically received less funding per pupil than other schools, creating the concern over lost funding for the district. But legislation passed this year will allow funding for charter school students to be on par with other schools, prompting the School Board to take another look at the expansion request.

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