November 27, 2012
Three proposed schools seeking charters in Colorado Springs School District 11 will have to take their applications to the state.
The D-11 board voted Tuesday to remit authority to the Colorado Charter School Institute for the applicants because the costs the district would incur if it chartered the schools.
Board members and district staff praised the groups behind Global Village Academy, James Irwin Charter Academy and Mountain Song Community School.
“These were top-shelf applications,” said board member Al Loma. “You hate to make a decision based on money, but that is the reality.”
The schools were expected to cost D-11 millions of dollars in funding based on enrollment plans and district studies. Charter schools receive the full per pupil funding, while the district loses money because of enrollment changes.
The Charter School Institute was aware of D-11’s decision, and told officials that it is willing to review the applications although it is past the deadline. The state authority expects to make decisions on Dec. 18.
District officials and the applicants will work with the state extensively in coming weeks.
D-11 board Vice President LuAnn Long said that all the schools offered different and good things for students.
The three applicants said they are ready to hit the ground running with state charter approval.
“We look at this as a win-win for our school and the district,” Terry Gogerty, Global Village Academy development officer.
Global Village expects to continue to work with D-11 on services and “mutually beneficial projects” if its charter is approved.
All three schools remain interested in using the former Jefferson Elementary, which closed in 2009. The building is near Constitution Avenue and North Circle Drive.
Global Village is interested in purchasing the property.
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