Charter to give update Feb. 27

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Charter to  give update  Feb. 27The Ridgecrest Charter School Board of Directors will meet Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 5 p.m. in the school cafeteria to update the community about current efforts to continue operations next fall.

A committee and commission at the state level have recommended the California State Board of Education deny the request to continue the charter, citing lower-than-average test scores compared to compatible local schools.

The state board is expected to meet March 13-14 in Sacramento to make a final decision.

At a special meeting earlier this month, Board President Eric Bruen outlined a strategy that included three components — working with Sierra Sands Unified School District to craft a transitional plan in the event that the school ceases operations, lobby state support to continue the charter, and find a merger partner that would continue an alternative choice for public schools.

This week, the News Review learned that the Kern County Superintendent of Schools option could possibly be entreated to carry the school’s charter. This reporter contacted RCS officials, who only confirmed that school administrators are pursuing “all possible options.”

Next week’s board meeting is open to the public.

Story First Published: 2019-02-22