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Corbett School District ( CSD ) & Corbett Charter School
Corbett Schools have been in the news! We opened the first Charter school based on Imaginative Education in 2009 and our national ranking seems to always be the buzz on real estate listings for our area. We also have 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. Read about that here.
Charter School In Like a Lion – Out Like a Lamb
Our district recently denied the lease agreement for the Corbett Charter School next year… and then went into mediation and returned on April 17, 2014 to announce new terms to a new five year agreement that was significantly restricted and only for a period of one year. Read here.
Doubling the Student Population within 5 years
Our current population numbers include over half of the students coming in from outside of Corbett. We open enrolled 476 students in 2014 after denying the Charter space. Even without the Charter School the plans are not to shrink but to add a new “STEM SCHOOL” (Focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to help displace the numbers in the same way that the Charter did so that we can continue to receive small school funding.
Doubling the Student Population within 5 years – with no community vote
A surprise to many was finding out that our main campus was out of compliance in each building based on conditional use permits between 2009 and 2013 because of the growth of students from out of the area. Also, the Charter School was never legally established with the County. Our district made many decisions to continue growing the district including turning every available space (our libraries, offices, teacher break rooms etc) into classroom space.
The School board even approved taking out loans (without the public’s vote) to renovate an old school where no children attended, to grow the district further. Within a year of the completion of The Springdale School (CAPS) the district started sending fliers home about how unsafe the current middle school building was. Many wonder if it was so unsafe, why they didn’t focus their attention on that building instead of bringing in more kids with Caps.
Now Two Failed Bonds
Our school district failed at passing a $15 million dollar bond in the fall of 2013 by over 62%, and in May of 2014 another smaller bond attempt failed as well. The Corbett School board will be voting to again place another bond attempt on the fall ballot. There is much division today over the explosive growth of the district and the lack of transparency and the districts desire for new construction with more square footage that is currently in use.