NB schools consider sponsoring charter school

February 16, 2013

Bob Strickley

PDT Content Manager

On Tuesday, Feb. 5 the New Boston Local School board held a special meeting to discuss a potential sponsorship of the Columbus charter school ScholArts Preparatory and Career Center for Children. At the conclusion of the meeting, New Boston Schools Superintendent Mike Staggs told the Daily Times no determination on the sponsorship had been made.

According to an article from the Columbus Dispatch that published Saturday, ScholArts closed its doors the same day of the New Boston Board meeting. However, the school reopened Friday after Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Guy Reece ordered a delay in enforcement of the State School board’s decision to close the school.

The court decision was in response to New Boston School’s consideration of sponsorship.

The state school board’s decision to shutter the charter school, located at 907 East Lexington Ave. in Columbus, came after problems with funding, school lunches and poor educational ratings. The deficiencies caused the current sponsor, Kids Count of Dayton, to advise ScholArts to pursue an alternative sponsor.

Friday’s court decision has put the charter school back on life support before another hearing is scheduled in a little less than two weeks, according the the Dispatch.

Staggs told the Daily Times a determination will likely be sought during the Thursday meeting of the New Boston school board.

Details on the cost of New Boston Local Schools’ potential sponsorship of the charter school were not immediately unavailable.

Bob Strickley can be reached at 353-3101, ext. 296, or bstrickley@civitasmedia.com. Information from the Columbus Dispatch contributed to this report.