(Walnut) The Walnut School Board turned down a proposal to turn the District into a Charter School by a 4-1 vote Monday night. The issue was discussed during the board's regular meeting and after a lengthy discussion the school board voted no.
A group made up of two parents, a school district member, and community member, in Walnut were trying to create a new public education option for their children. The committee said by chartering it would allow innovative ways to educate their students in a way that they see fit and that works best for their community. Committee members said that by creating a stable school with a good education system would hopefully attract more students from outside the district which will allow Walnut to keep the school in their community.
One spokesperson said that the students researched and debated the issue and the majority of them were concerned about the Charter."Even those who were on the affirmative side of the debate were not in consensus and happy about the Charter for various reasons."
Board member Bryan Simonsen wasn't sold on it either. "There is nothing wrong with the charter, it's the likely hood of success that I can't get past." One of the Walnut teacher's commented that if it didn't work in Des Moines how could it work in Walnut.
The schools enrollment has dropped to just over 100-students, and they currently have a sharing agreement with A-H-S-T.
November 27, 2012