POULSBO — A group of parents from Breidablik Elementary School is exploring what it would take to start a charter school in North Kitsap, possibly at Breidablik, which is slated for closure next year.
Jim Spady, president of the Washington Charter Resource Center, a pro-charter nonprofit, will meet with the group and other interested parties at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Breidablik, 25142 Waghorn Road NW.
“Overall what we want to achieve with this meeting is to be able to ask questions about charter schools, learn more about them, and decide if we would like to pursue the option of a charter school in our district,” said Robin Francom, who has children at Breidablik.
Washington voters in November approved a charter school initiative, allowing for the formation of up to 40 charter schools in the state over the next five years. Charter schools are publicly funded independent schools governed by regulations established at the state level.
Kitsap’s approval rate of the charter initiative was 51.97 percent, slightly higher than the statewide approval rate of 50.69 percent.
The state Board of Education recently formed a charter school commission, to which interested charter groups can apply. School districts also can become charter authorizing agents, giving groups another avenue to form charter schools.
The deadline for districts to express interest is March 31, which does not require a district to follow through with application to become a charter authorizing agent.
Francom has sent a letter to the NK School Board urging it to consider becoming a charter authorizer.
“At this point, the board has not had a discussion to review the viability of the this option,” NK Superintendent Patrice Page said Tuesday. “I believe it would take considerable research to weigh all intended and unintended consequences of such a decision.”
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