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TTUSD sets dates to discuss plans for charter students

Renee Shadforth

No matter how much disagreement there has been between the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District and the now-shut down Prosser Creek Charter School, there is one item both parties agree on: No one will be able to replicate Prosser Creek’s program, they say.

Although school district officials have said they won’t be able to reproduce Prosser Creek’s program, they will hold informational meetings to discuss future options for former Prosser Creek Charter School families on Aug. 25 at the Truckee Donner Public Utility District boardroom and Aug. 26 at Rideout. Both meetings are at 6 p.m.

Prosser Creek administrators have held parent meetings to discuss options as well.

The discussions may include a Prosser-like program at the Rideout campus – closed by the district this year – and on the Truckee side.

“The parents that have enrolled their children in the charter school – and this is an assumption on my part – they went there for some reason. Maybe they were not happy in [the mainstream schools],” Williams said. “To say now that is gone, to me, that’s not really being willing to look at other options.”

When the school board revoked Prosser Creek’s charter Tuesday, many charter school parents asked the school board where the students would go and how the district would pay for influx of students – especially with the district’s $1.9 million budget hole.

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With average daily attendance funding, school districts don’t receive the revenue until the following fiscal year. Furthermore, staff said the district would provide the students with transportation and a meals program.

Williams said the money to support the programs would come from the district’s 3 percent emergency reserve, which stands at a little more than $1 million. Any amount beyond that would come from the Placer County Office of Education or the state, he said.

“It’s not a matter of ‘Can we do it?’ We have to do it,” Williams said.

In the district’s plan for Prosser Creek, teachers and staff might be offered jobs at the Rideout site. The district teachers’ union has not endorsed such a plan. Williams said he would meet with TTEA’s Mike Merriman to see how much flexibility, if any, the district has in taking on additional employees.

Also, Prosser Creek administrators and families have been looking for options for students, whether they want to enter the school district or not.

“…We are actively exploring alternatives for our students and families who have been displaced by the elimination of Prosser Creek as an option,” said charter school principals Johanna Zabierek and Steve Canavero in a statement.

Options for Prosser Creek students include home schooling, independent study, other area charter school programs and the mainstream school system.