Ketchikan board approves new charter school

Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2003

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A new charter school will be part of the Ketchikan School District next school year if it enrolls at least 155 students.

The Ketchikan School Board on Wednesday approved a contract with the Tongass School of Art and Science. The contract places the new charter school at Valley Park Elementary School.

The school will share the campus with the Ketchikan Charter School, which moved to the building last fall. The current Valley Park Elementary School will no longer exist if the new charter school enrolls its required minimum.

The board voted 5-1 to approve the contract, with Russell Thomas casting the dissenting vote. He said many people contacted him to express concern over closing Valley Park.

He said it is unfortunate that providing an additional choice requires closing a neighborhood school.

However, board member Susan Walsh said most of the interest in the arts and science charter school came from parents of Valley Park students. Those students will have first priority to enroll at the new charter school.

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