Tahoe Truckee school board OKs charter school, talks prep sports (w/ Cover It Live recap) | SierraSun.com

Tahoe Truckee school board OKs charter school, talks prep sports (w/ Cover It Live recap)

Jason Shueh
Sierra Sun

TRUCKEE/TAHOE, Calif. and#8212; School district trustees this week unanimously OK’d a proposed charter school that plans to open in a few months.

Trustees of the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District approved Sierra Expeditionary Learning School for the next four years on the condition school representatives allow a non-voting district member to be on the charter school’s board and they provide a four-year budget projection plan.

and#8220;We are so excited. Thank you to the board for this fabulous opportunity,and#8221; said Erica Stein, co-chair for the charter school.

Originally, trustees approved the school for only three years, but later changed it to four when school reps asked for more time to measure student improvement.

Upon opening, Stein said SELS will enroll 63 students from kindergarten to fifth grade.

While all state standardized tests will be taken by students, Stein said the curriculum will also focus itself on a hands-on-learning model developed by Outward Bound, a national nonprofit group.

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Stein said while the school will be open for the 2010-11 school year, she is working on other details, including selecting a temporary school site in Truckee, hiring staff and creating a memorandum of understanding with the school district should SELS need any services such as transportation or services from district staff.