School Board OKs nearly year-round charter school
Published: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 9:29 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 9:29 p.m.
A nearly year-round charter school may open its doors in June after the Alachua County School Board unanimously approved the school’s application Tuesday.
District staff will now develop a charter contract for Boulware Springs Charter School. The board will vote on the contract at a later meeting.
According to meeting materials, all district departments reviewed the application for Boulware Springs and determined it meets state standards.
Megan Lane, one of the mother-daughter team working to open the school in June, said she looks forward to the next step on the process.
“I’m excited,” she said after the meeting.
The school year at Boulware Springs would constitute four 50-day terms with three 10-day vacations and a six-week summer break.
The school would feature a longer school day as well as a longer year. According to the school’s application, the day would start at 8 a.m. and end at 4 p.m Mondays through Thursdays and the 8 a.m to 2 p.m. on Fridays.
The school will require students who are below grade level in reading to stay for an extra 90 minutes at the end of each school day.
Kay Abbitt, Lane’s mother, said before the meeting that she believes the concept will work to the benefit of students and teachers who need more time.
“There’s just not enough hours in a school day,” she said.
The school would be housed in the former McGurn Family YMCA at 1303 NE 23rd Ave.
Board member Carol Oyenarte said she was impressed with the organizers’ application when the board first discussed the charter school at workshop in September, a sentiment echoed by her fellow board members.
“You blew me away with that presentation,” she said Tuesday.
Abbitt, who spent 10 years working as a teacher at Archer and Idylwild elementary schools, said students at Boulware Springs would also have 30 minutes of character education every day, where she said they will discuss being well-mannered and responsible in order to develop a moral compass.
“When they leave, they will present themselves well to their families and their communities,” Abbitt said.
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