Board set to decide on Carroll's (Md.) first charter school

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Carroll County's first public charter school has been two years in the making and on Wednesday the Board of Education will decide whether to approve the charter's application or follow Superintendent Steve Guthrie's recommendation to deny it.

"I'm really hopeful," said Liz Barrett, a member of the Sustainable Futures, Inc. nine-member board of directors. "Nobody wants to have to wait another year, especially after all the work we've done and the community support we've received."

After reviewing the group's application with Guthrie and members of the Sustainable Futures Board of Directors at the June 12 Board of Education meeting, the board is scheduled to vote on the charter's application Wednesday.

Sustainable Futures submitted its application to start a kindergarten through fifth grade Montessori-based public charter school to Carroll County Public Schools April 3. But at the June 12 meeting, Guthrie recommended that the board deny the application, citing concerns with measuring student performance objectives, the failure to adequately outline a student records management plan, and the school's proposed budget.

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