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RESOLUTION 1-19-2016 - Concerning a Renewal Charter Contract Between the Douglas County School Board and Aspen View Academy

 

RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
OF
DOUGLAS COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT RE-1

CONCERNING A RENEWAL CHARTER CONTRACT
ETWEEN THE DOUGLAS COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD
AND ASPEN VIEW ACADEMY

 

WHEREAS, on July 1, 2012 the DCSD Board of Directors approved a charter contract for Aspen View Academy (“Aspen View”) for a period of three (3) years, beginning on July 1, 2013 and ending on June 30, 2016; and

WHEREAS, the DCSD charter renewal process requires a review of school performance and a recommendation on renewal in the year prior to the end date of the charter contract; and

WHEREAS, the renewal process for Aspen View was conducted in accordance with national best practices for charter school renewal review which included, but was not limited to, DCSD staff and external expert review of Aspen View academics, finance and operations using a standards-based review rubric and an in-person applicant interview; and

WHEREAS, upon review of the renewal review information, DCSD staff has recommended that Aspen View receive a renewal charter contract with a five (5) term, beginning on July 1, 2016 and ending on June 30, 2021;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Douglas County School Board that the contract renewal application from Aspen View Academy is hereby approved for a five-year period, subject to certain academic, operational and financial milestones, to include the following:

  1. Aspen View must maintain a rating Performance on the CDE School Performance Framework (SPF) and must make adequate progress in addressing any identified growth gaps. Failure to do so will trigger a DCSD staff contract review in the fall of each contract year.
     
  2. The Aspen View board will undergo a strategic planning session no later than July 31, 2016 to update the Aspen View Strategic Plan, and will adopt a three-year strategic plan for 2015-2018 to be shared with the District and Aspen View parents.
     
  3. The Aspen View board will ensure timely and accurate financial reporting to the District and will ensure compliance with Colorado financial transparency law, including the posting of all school financial information and audits on the Aspen View website in a timely manner.
     
  4. Aspen View will provide evidence to the District of a fully staffed and functional SAC by providing copies of monthly SAC minutes to district staff, beginning August 2015 and posting said minutes on the school website.
     
  5. Aspen View agrees to conduct an update of the renewal school site visit prepared in connection with this renewal resolution, and to share the update with DCSD staff no later than July 15, 2016.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that in the event any of these aforesaid milestones are not timely met by the Aspen View board, District staff may undertake a review of Aspen View governance and operations and may recommend such modifications to the contract and/or Aspen View policies as will ensure timely compliance with the milestones; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this decision be communicated to the applicant and that staff prepare a renewal contract for review and execution as soon as is practicable.

 

Adopted this 19th day of January, 2016, by a vote of 7-0.

 

DOUGLAS COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT RE-1
BOARD OF EDUCATION
By:  Meghann Silverthorn, President

 

ATTEST:
By: Nona Eichelberger
      Secretary, Board of Education