Colorado Springs School District 11 board members have one less charter school application to consider this month.
Adventures in Learning Career Academies withdrew its application as the district’s review process wrapped up prior to presentations Wednesday to the school board. Representatives of the school could not be reached for comment.
Applicants received feedback from the district after an application review, interviews with founding board members and a review of written responses to additional questions.
D-11 officials sat down with all applicants, said Kris Odom, D-11 executive director of Procurement and Contracting.
“We try to give honest, professional feedback,” she said.
Four applications were submitted by the Aug. 31 deadline. The Learning Career Academies application was withdrawn about a month ago.
“They’re not offering anything that the district doesn’t already offer,” Odom said Wednesday night. “The board could deny it on these grounds.”
Earlier this year, the charter group’s website said Adventures in Learning grew out of discussions that students need a school that creates pathways to job success after high school. Graduates would work on associate’s degrees or technical certifications while seeking their diploma. The application was for sixth through 12th grades.
Odom said any applicant can re-apply and incorporate changes based on anything gained from the process.
The three remaining applicants presented their plans to the school board at a Wednesday evening work session.
Representatives from Global Village Academy, James Irwin Charter Academy and Mountain Song each spent at least an hour presenting details about their proposed schools.
All of the charter school groups expressed an interest in locating their proposed school at the old Jefferson Elementary School, said John Griego, D-11 charter school liaison. The school, near Constitution Avenue and North Circle Drive, closed in 2009.
The District Accountability Committee and administrative team will present their findings and recommendations at the regular board meeting Nov. 14, which will include a public hearing at 7 p.m. Copies of the applications are available for review at the administration building.
The board is expected to vote on the charters Nov. 27.
A detailed look at the three proposed charter schools is coming soon in The Gazette and at gazette.com.
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