Charter deadline gets extended

Scott Girard

If you go
What: Charter school information meeting
When: 6:30 p.m., March 3
Where: Verona Public Library

Verona Area School District officials extended the deadline for applications to the district’s charter schools to March 12 after two schools received fewer applications than they had open spots.

New Century School and Verona Area International School had 11 and six open spots remaining, respectively, after the original Feb. 14 deadline.

The district changed the way it got information to parents of incoming kindergartners this year, opting to send home a DVD and information packet rather than hold a large meeting as it had in past years.

“We don’t know all the reasons (for the low numbers),” said John Schmitt, VASD director of community services. “Maybe parents just decided not to. We just don’t know, but (superintendent) Dean (Gorrell) was willing to give them a couple of more weeks to say ‘try it again.’”

The schools will hold an informational meeting March 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Verona Public Library. NCS will also hold an open house March 6 from 8-10 a.m.

The district also sent out a letter Tuesday informing the 200 or so parents who did not return the original choice forms of the extension, though Schmitt said some of those parents may have simply chosen to remain in their attendance-area school and not returned the form.

Core Knowledge, the district’s third elementary charter school, received enough applications to fill its openings.

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