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Charter Schools — Report on Barnstable Community Horace Mann Charter Public School and Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School (Removal of Conditions on Charters)

To:
Members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
From:
Jeff Wulfson, Acting Commissioner
Date:
February 16, 2018

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At its meeting in February 2013, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (Board) voted to authorize the Commissioner to act on its behalf in "(a) granting charter renewals that do not involve probation; (b) approving charter amendments that do not involve changes in grade span, maximum enrollment, or districts served; and (c) removing or continuing conditions imposed on charters of charter schools; provided that the Commissioner shall report to the Board on all charter renewals, charter amendments, and conditions that have been so approved; and provided further, that the Commissioner shall notify the Board in advance of all such intended actions, and a Board member may request that the Commissioner place the charter matter(s) on the agenda of the Board for discussion and action."

On January 10, 2018, I notified the Board that I intended to remove conditions imposed on the charters of Barnstable Community Horace Mann Charter Public School and Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School. Because no Board member requested that these matters be brought to the full Board for review, I am now notifying the Board that I have removed these conditions. I have attached my memorandum to the Board dated January 10, 2018.

This memorandum provides summary information regarding both schools. Barnstable Community Horace Mann Charter Public School and Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School, like all other charter schools, shall operate in accordance with the provisions of G.L. c. 71, § 89; 603 CMR 1.00; and all other applicable state and federal laws and regulations and such additional conditions as the Commissioner or the Board may establish, all of which shall be deemed conditions of the schools' charters.

Barnstable Community Horace Mann Charter Public School
Type of CharterHorace MannLocationBarnstable
Regional or Non-RegionalNon-RegionalDistricts in RegionN/A
Year Opened2004Year(s) Renewed2009, 2014
Maximum Enrollment475Current Enrollment307
Grade spanK–3Current Grade SpanK–3
Students on Waitlists241Current Age of School14 years
Mission Statement
The mission of Barnstable Community Horace Mann Charter Public School is to create a nurturing and safe learning community that will engage, challenge, and educate a diverse K-3 population to achieve the highest level of academic excellence. We foster the development of respectful and responsible students who are contributing participants in their education, and in their community. We support continuous improvement in the teaching process, cultivate parent and community partnerships.


Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School
Type of CharterCommonwealthLocationSouth Hadley, MA
Regional or Non-RegionalRegionalDistricts in RegionAgawam, Amherst-Pelham, Athol-Royalston, Belchertown, Central Berkshire, Chicopee, Easthampton, Erving, Frontier, Gateway, Gill-Montague, Granby, Greenfield, Hadley, Hampden-Wilbraham, Hampshire, Hatfield, Holyoke, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Mohawk Trail, Monson, Northampton, Palmer, Pioneer Valley, Quaboag, Ralph C. Mahar, South Hadley, Southwick-Tolland, Springfield, Ware, West Springfield, Westfield
Year Opened1996Year(s) Renewed2001, 2006, 2011, 2016
Maximum Enrollment400Current Enrollment400
Grade span7–12Current Grade Span7–12
Students on Waitlists3082Current Age of School22
Mission Statement
The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School (PVPA) offers its students intensive exposure to the performing arts within the context of an excellent college preparatory curriculum.

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If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Alison Bagg, Director (781-338-3218); Cliff Chuang, Senior Associate Commissioner, (781-338-3222); or me.

 

Attachment:

 
Memorandum on the Notification of Intended Actions dated January 11, 2018

 

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