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School charters mulled

Bridgeport proposal may save rural school from elimination

DALLAS -- Morrison Charter School will get another look while Bridgeport School starts the charter school process.

The Dallas School Board decided May 12 to approve Superintendent Dave Novotney's recommendation to reopen talks with the Morrison Charter School.

He also recommended negotiating a charter school agreement that doesn't cost the district money.

Board members directed Novotney to begin formal negotiations with Pedee Charter School to modify its agreement, adding Bridgeport to the charter.

The move is designed to save Bridgeport, marked for closure because of budget cuts.

Board members also reviewed a comparison of what it would cost to educate students at a Dallas operated K-3 school versus the cost of educating students at Bridgeport, should it become a charter school.

With 48 students in the charter school, its costs $3,295.95 per student. It costs $5,433.74 in Dallas K-3 school.

The board will deal with both of these charter schools proposed agreements at a meeting to be scheduled later in May.

Other reports included the announcement that Dallas High School has established a Neighborhood Watch around the school to better establish contact and open dialogue with the schools' neighbors concerning student conduct and interaction with those in the neighborhood.

Also the City of Dallas and the school district have entered in to a agreement that will help the schools keep in compliance with maintenance of school fields.

They will also be sharing equipment use.


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