Butte Falls hears proposal to become a charter school

The Butte Falls School Board of Directors heard a proposal from Superintendent Dr. Courtney to establish Butte Falls as a charter school. The plan would be to build a program that would be attractive to new students, resulting in an increase in student numbers. Some suggestions included small classes, natural resources, renewable energy and online classes.

The Oregon Department of Education has grant money available for charter school start-up, which must be applied for in December. Courtney suggested using Northwest Center for Educational Options to write the grant application. The charter school will be on the agenda again for the Nov. 8 meeting of the board.

The board will hold a first reading of a proposed pre-employment drug screening policy at the November meeting.

The district is behind the state schedule for adoption of textbooks in math and science. The board approved the Bridges math curriculum for grades K-5 at an initial cost between $11,000 and $17,000. Three teachers are looking at the middle school math curriculum. Dianne Gorman reported she is getting sample texts to review for the high school.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent

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