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Corbett School District ( CSD ) & Corbett Charter School
Doubling the Student Population within 5 years
Our national ranking has attracted a lot of students from outside our attendance boundaries and our district’s leadership has shown an ability to creatively navigate changes in the laws. ( Some people feel the recent letter from the state, repealing our small school funding, is only one example of how some of these loopholes are starting to close on us. )
CSD skipped the legally required Public Hearing when we opened the charter in 2009, by not notifying the County. CSD did not involve the school board or community when they applied for (and received) a population increase from Multnomah County in 2013.
We were out of compliance in each building on our main campus, due to growth, based on conditional use permits between 2009 and 2013 so we had to apply for a new conditional use permit. Also, during this time, we found out that the Charter School was never legally established with the County and so the community never had their right to a hearing as to what this growth might look like before it started.
CSD has struggled with our budget, including a “computer glitch” that resulted in an emergency board meeting the last day to file for a levy in late 2010 when a $700,000 plus shortfall was discovered. There has basically been crisis after crisis ever since.