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Small Middle School charter timeline pushed back one year

May 21, 2013

Concerns by parents about potentially converting Small Middle School into an in-district charter school serving grades 6 to 12 has caused the committee that proposed it to delay consideration for a year in order to gain community support.

The proposal, which would add a high school component to continue the middle school’s focus on Green-Tech classes, requires buy-in from 80 percent of parents and classroom teachers. Several parents contacted the Gazette expressing their concerns about the proposal.

At an April 30 meeting, Small principal Amy Taylor said a petition seeking signatures of parents and staff would be due by October 31, 2013. But “The Future of Small Middle School” committee met about a week later and felt that the current timeline was too aggressive.

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