Charter school growth up to school board

Kaleidoscope is topic for Seward meeting

Posted: Monday, May 01, 2006

The board of education is slated to look at whether or not to allow the expansion of Kaleidoscope Charter School when it meets at Seward High School tonight.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District board will consider the Kaleidoscope request during a work session at 3:30 p.m. and again during the regular school board meeting, which begins at 7 p.m.

The charter school, located in Sears Elementary School in Kenai, had an enrollment of 115 students this year and anticipates having 136 students during the 2006-07 school year.

Kaleidoscope submitted four options for the school district to consider, including asking for 10 classrooms, nine classrooms or eight classrooms in one neighborhood school, or six classrooms at Sears and five classrooms at Mountain View Elementary.

In a memo to school board members, Schools Superintendent Donna Peterson said, “All four requests contain student enrollment numbers that exceed the previously submitted number of 136.

“The number of classrooms also exceeds the district’s ability to house Kaleidoscope Charter solely at Sears Elementary,” Peterson said.

Assistant Schools Superintendent Sam Stewart said, “Kaleidoscope wants to grow more than we can accommodate.

“We could probably accommodate 136 at Sears,” he said.

“If Kaleidoscope wants to grow more ... there’s no space available,” he said.

The school board could approve asking Kaleidoscope to split its campus in two with some classrooms at Sears and some at Mountain View, but in her memo, Peterson said no pre-work has been done with the Mountain View community regarding the housing of a charter school.

The school board is also scheduled to participate in an education legislation teleconference with legislators at 5 p.m.

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