June 13, 2007 Edition

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Board upgrades status of IACS

The State Board of Education voted at its June meeting to rescind its May motion to revoke the Imboden Area Charter School's charter and upgraded the status to probation.

Following the May meeting, IACS was notified the board would consider revoking the charter because a bank loan had been obtained without prior approval.

At the June meeting, Scott Rorex and Judy Warren presented plans for the school to pay off the loan. The school was placed on the probationary status pending repayment of the bank loan.

Rorex stated that the school's building and staff had been designed to accommodate 60 students when the school was established. When school concluded at the end of the year, there were 61 students enrolled and the school's revenue was adequate to cover expenses during the past school year.

The bank loan had been obtained to cover expenses in prior years when there were less than 60 students enrolled. Rorex said that, assuming enrollment remains steady or increases, revenue is expected to exceed expenses in future years. Also, new programs are being planned, which are expected to increase revenue, and charter school supporters have stepped forward to help with expenses so the school can repay the bank loan sooner.

IACS offers enrollment to students in kindergarten through eighth grade, and students are divided into multi-age groups.

"Teaching is individualized for reading and math with a wide variety of hands-on activities for science and social studies," Rorex said. "This allows students who are either bored or frustrated with the traditional graded textbook classes to advance at their own pace.

"Some students have learning styles well suited to the traditional graded textbook approach, some would rather move along faster and some need extra time to master various concepts. The academic program offered at Imboden Area Charter School accommodates various learning styles and rates of progress."

Rorex told the board that the biggest surprise for the school has been how far families are willing to travel to bring their children to IACS.

"Families travel from as far as Highland, Warm Springs, Maynard, Delaplaine, Bono and Strawberry so their children can attend Imboden Area Charter School."

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