(WALNUT) The Walnut Charter School Committee will be sharing their vision for Walnut’s school during an informational meeting and supper on Saturday.
Rhonda Brockmann, member of the Charter School Committee, said a Charter School is a public school, tuition is not charged, the Walnut teachers will remain in their same positions, the curriculum will change and they will be eligible for more federal and private grants if they become a Charter School.
“A Charter will allow the whole community of Walnut more flexibility in educating our students, a Charter School allows us to focus on character building and service to others, the children, to get them out of their comfort zone and more into serving their community,” explained Brockmann. “It supports our parents and especially our staff in developing creative ways to draw upon their own level of teaching and unique strengths to build a quality education system right here in our own community instead of sending our kids over to Avoca, or any to any other town, we want to keep the children here.”
Brockmann said a Charter proposal has to be presented to the School Board by October 1st and at that time they have to review it and either approve or deny the proposal.
Brockmann encourages everyone with an interest in the education of Walnut’s youth to attend the meeting on Saturday.
“We want to give the community ownership of the school, we want to give them a feeling that they have a say because Charter Schools are open to the parents, we want them involved. They’re open to the whole community, we want the community involved,” said Brockmann.
The free pasta supper begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Walnut High School Old Gym. The informational meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m.