Ketchikan: Charter school renewal bid approved

Posted: Sunday, July 07, 2002

After a three-month delay, the state Board of Education and Early Development in June approved a 10-year renewal application for the Ketchikan Charter School. However, the school still is waiting for local approval of a wall at its new home.

The city permit for a proposed wall to divide Ketchikan Charter School and Valley Park Elementary School students within the Valley Park building has been delayed due to discrepancies between City of Ketchikan and state Fire Marshal's office requirements.

City building official Chuck Dearden said last week that the city uses 1997 building codes, which require two exits in schools for the exclusive use of children ages 7 and under. The Fire Marshall's office uses 2000 building codes, he said, which do not have that requirement.

The building plan for the wall has been approved by the Fire Marshal's office and the Ketchikan Gateway Borough.

Superintendent of Schools Harry Martin said Monday that the district likely will shuffle class placement so that younger children are closer to exits. Martin said he expects that will satisfy the city's building codes.

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