Tuesday, March 18, 2008

School District rejects Charter School

With only one vote to the contrary, on Tuesday evening, the school board voted to deny the application for the Lancaster County Science Academy.

The board based their decision in part on an adjudication generated by School District of Lancaster staff and advisors.

Prior to the vote, it was disclosed that three potential substitute locations were under consideration. So the loss of the opportunity to lease the original site was stricken from the adjudication.

Approximately 160 people attended the meeting with at least twenty taking the opportunity to speak. When asked by a show of hands to indicate whether they supported the Charter School application, about 90% raised their hands.

Most speakers favored the school. But they appeared to speak from their hearts, talking about their aspirations for the children. Almost no one provided information concerning the qualification of the founders of the Charter School or cited any successful experience.