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October 09, 2012
PHILOMATH -- The Philomath School Board made no decision at a public hearing Monday where Kings Valley Charter School made its case to remain open -- and keep its contract with the nonprofit providing educational services.
That may be good, as both sides would to like find a compromise through meditation, which is being scheduled.
Philomath School District issued a notice of intent in July to close the school due to alleged charter violations, including a contract with nonprofit People Sustaining Kings Valley.
The school outlined its case to the contrary Monday, which if the district rules against the school, would be heard by the Oregon Department of Education.
KVCS director Mark Hazelton hopes the dispute doesn't go that far. He said the school revised its nonprofit contract to better show how it has control over decisions.
Hazelton said the board seemed interested "but they didn't come out and say it would solve all of our problems."
Dan Forbess, Philomath superintendent, said the district still believes it should have been given a written request to form the third-party agreement and it wasn't informed employees were paid through a nonprofit until months later.
That said, Forbess opined that KVCS' revised contract addressed most of the district's concerns.
The charter termination date is Oct. 18, but mediation may be complete by then.
Kings Valley "took a good faith effort in submitting that document and if we can figure out a way that Philomath can have a direct relationship with the school's employees, I think we can reach resolution on this," Forbess said.