Well folks, it’s official: The proponents of Renaissance Leadership Academy have appealed the school board’s rejection of their charter school application to the county board of ed. The county board’s staff is reviewing the application, they say; a timeline for hearing and deciding on the appeal is yet to be set.
The school board ixnayed the Renaissance application on February 26, after district staff questioned some of the applicants’ budget assumptions and whether they had the fiscal expertise for the school to succeed. They also questioned what they said was a lack of detail regarding a facility to house the school.
Applicants Mandy Tham and Julie Thomas had proposed a school that would ultimately serve 205 students in grades K-8 with a budget of $1.66 million after five years that would, if I’m reading this right, come almost entirely out of the district’s funding pie. They could not be reached for comment regarding the appeal.
District spokeswoman Donna Fletcher says the district is aware of the Academy’s appeal plans and is continuing to follow the process.
The county board has already heard an appeal from proponents of the Nea Community Learning Center, which the board turned down in January. They are expected to make a decision on that appeal on April 22.
Also: Congrats to Amelia Earhart Elementary, which this year was one of 343 elementary schools statewide to earn the state’s Distinguished School designation. About 5 percent of the state’s schools earn the coveted honor each year, according to the California Department of Education’s website. According to the press release, state schools chief Jack O’Connell “called each school principal to personally convey the good news.” Awwwww.