Follow up from the following post.
OMG! Sec of Ed Murphy adds a second public meeting for Pencader WTF #netDE #edude Posted on February 5, 2013 by kilroysdelaware |
Delaware State Legislators need to call for the firing of DE Sec of Ed Murphy #netDE #edude @govenormarkell Posted on February 5, 2013 by kilroysde Delaware
So now state’s meeting notification webpage list both final charter school meeting and on separate days, time and place!
John W. Collette Educational Resource Center
35 Commerce Way, Suite 1
Dover, DE, 19904
This public hearing is held to assist the Department of Education in its decision whether the criteria for remedial action against the Pencader Business and Finance Charter High School have been satisfied; to give the school an opportunity to respond to the final report of the Charter School Accountability Committee; and to give the public the opportunity to comment.
Delaware Technical & Community College, Stanton Location
400 Stanton-Christiana Road
Newark, DE, 19713
New Castle County
This additional hearing is held to assist the Department of Education in its decision whether the criteria for remedial action against the Pencader Business and Finance Charter High School have been satisfied; to give the school an opportunity to respond to the final report of the Charter School Accountability Committee; and to give the public the opportunity to comment.
With Pencader being located in New Castle Delaware what are the odds of a higher turnout at the 2/11 meeting in Dover than the one on 2/13 at DelTech in Stanton? More importantly,this meeting is the final charter school review meeting but why are their two meetings?
On January 10, 2007, Pencader was placed on Formal Review for missed deadlines related to charter conditions, late or incomplete responses to requests for information made by the Department of Education (DOE), parent complaints about school climate, school operations, and management concerns. On May 17, 2007, Pencader was placed on Probation.
On July 20, 2007, Pencader was further placed on Formal Review for its failure to fully meet the conditions of its charter with respect to a prior charter modification request and its probationary status.
On January 14, 2010, the Secretary, with the consent of the State Board, decided to approve Pencader’s charter renewal subject to specific conditions.
During the 2009-10 school year, the Pencader Board had to secure a loan to close a financial shortfall.
During the 2010-11 school year, the Charter School Office found potential issues with the school’s building-level financial oversight procedures and discovered a financial shortfall in excess of $600,000 for the operating year.
On February 10, 2011, DOE staff met with Pencader representatives to reinforce the concerns and discuss the Formal Review process. Subsequently, the Pencader Board replaced its Board President and school leader to the address Board governance and administrative issues.
On April 21, 2011, the school’s charter was again placed on Formal Review. The Board had made budget reductions to reduce a budget shortfall; however, the root causes required further investigation.
On June 10, 2011, the Charter School Accountability Committee convened for the Final Meeting of the Formal Review and recommended revocation of the charter.
On August 18, 2011, the Secretary of Education decided that the school should remain open and be placed on probation subject to specific conditions.
During the 2011-12 school year, Pencader made significant progress against the conditions of its probation with support from DOE. The probationary conditions required school finance and Citizen Budget Oversight Committee training for new Board members (provided by DOE). In addition, Pencader was required to submit monthly financial reports and attend monthly monitoring meetings with DOE to discuss the school’s finances and administrative issues. However, a new pattern of Board and administrative dysfunction began to undermine the school’s progress which led to a significant decrease in student enrollment and staff reductions.
On September 25, 2012, Pencader’s charter was placed on Formal Review (while on probation) to determine if the school was violating the terms of its charter due to new concerns with Board governance and administration; student performance, serving students with special needs; and economic viability
October 17, 2012 for the Initial Meeting with Pencader representatives
November 26, 2012 for the Preliminary Meeting to review the relevant statutory criteria and make a preliminary recommendation to determine if the school was violating the terms of its charter.
January 4, 2013 for the Final Meeting to make a recommendation about the status of the school’s charter
January 11, 2013 Pencader Business and Finance Charter School Final Report: The Charter School Accountability Committee recommended that the charter for Pencader Business and Finance Charter High School be revoked.
The Committee concluded that Criterion One remains not met
The Committee concluded that Criterion Three remains not met.
The Committee concluded that Criterion Six remains not met.
The Committee concluded that Criterion Eight is met with a condition.
The Committee concluded that that Criterion Nine is not met.