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Volusia School Board can’t close Boston Avenue charter school in DeLand
School is appealing board's decision not to renew its charter
By Al Everson
posted Feb 4, 2013 - 6:42:16am
The Volusia County School Board voted once again Jan. 29 not to renew its contract with Boston Avenue Charter School in DeLand.
The School Board agreed to follow the recommendation of a state administrative law judge who ruled, in December, that the School Board may enter a final order upholding its earlier vote to not renew the school’s charter.
“It is not a vote to close the school,” School Board Attorney Ted Doran said.
The Volusia Elementary Charter School Inc., the nonprofit organization that operates the school, is appealing the School Board’s decision in the 5th District Court of Appeal. The appeal effectively prevents an immediate closing of the school.
“Once the appeal gets going, it could last for six months to two years,” Micah Jackson told The Beacon.
Jackson is chief operating officer of School Management Solutions, which administers the school for the Volusia Elementary Charter School.
“They won’t be able to do anything as long as the appeal is going on,” Jackson said.
Boston Avenue Charter School is a public school that receives taxpayer dollars. Located at 340 N. Boston Ave., the school has about 220 students in kindergarten through fifth grade.
The School Board’s decision to cut off funding for Boston Avenue Charter School was based on the charter group’s alleged failure to meet academic-achievement standards, and to comply with state regulations on student transportation.
Volusia Schools Superintendent Dr. Margaret Smith had recommended non-renewal of the charter.
Even if the charter-school group loses its appeal, it could reorganize, start over and seek a new charter, or it could keep the school open as a private institution.
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