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Lvcs, District Prepare For Charter Discussion

DALLAS -- The deadline to submit a charter renewal request for the Luckiamute Valley Charter Schools (LVCS) in Bridgeport and Pedee is fast approaching.

DALLAS -- The deadline to submit a charter renewal request for the Luckiamute Valley Charter Schools (LVCS) in Bridgeport and Pedee is fast approaching.

The Dallas School Board discussed at its meeting Monday night a timeline to renew the LVCS charter agreement, which expires June 30, 2013.

The school needs to submit a renewal request to its sponsor, the Dallas School District, by the end of December to allow for sufficient time to hold a public hearing, a 90-day charter negotiation period, and meet other deadlines required for renewal.

Dallas Superintendent Christy Perry said she expects to receive a renewal request by next week and scheduled a public hearing on the matter for Jan. 28.

The school is experiencing record enrollment, with 206 students currently attending LVCS. Rapidly increasing enrollment allowed the school to reopen its Pedee campus in September for seventh- and eighth-grade classes. The campus had been closed since early 2009, when a sudden decrease in enrollment forced the school to consolidate classes at one school.

If approved, the new charter will be the fourth between the school and the district. The school began operations in 2001 under a two-year charter. The two subsequent charters have been for five years.

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