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Prosser Creek and school district agree to work together

An agreement was signed Wednesday between the Prosser Creek Charter School and the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District to outline how to work together, according to Jayna Gaskell, head of the charter school.

The one-year agreement for the 1998-99 school year outlines business services and educational services between the district and the charter school.

Affecting students is the agreement that charter school students cannot participate in extracurricular activities or classes offered at TTUSD schools.

In sports, students would have to compete under the Prosser Creek Charter School name, so district coaches would not want to put in the time for an athlete that would not be competing for their school, Gaskell said. In other activities, such as school dances, the political timing is not right to merge the charter school students into district school activities, she said.

Charter school students will also not be allowed to take a class at a regular school, although district students can take a class at the Prosser Creek Charter School by paying tuition, the agreement said.

The agreement only affected about 10 or 20 charter school students who wanted to participate in activities or classes, Gaskell said, because it was not voiced as an option to charter school students at the beginning of the school year.

The TTUSD approved the formation of the charter school on April 6, 1998 and the school started operations in July with classes beginning in September.

“Charters were created because it is unrealistic for one system to be able to fit all students,” Gaskell said.

District gets one percent

Under state law, charter schools receive all but 1 percent of the state funding for each child enrolled in the charter school. The district receives 1 percent and in the Prosser Creek agreement, the charter school is also paying the district $10,000 for oversight and services.

The two entities also developed a business plan to serve special education students at the charter school, Gaskell said.

Another agreement will have to be made for future school years between Prosser Creek and TTUSD, Gaskell said.

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