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Cornville Elementary Charter to add high school and pre-K program – December 8, 2016

The Maine Charter School Commission this week voted to allow Cornville Regional Charter School, now serving 144 elementary students, to add a high school program that will eventually serve 160 students in downtown Skowhegan and a pre-kindergarten program serving 32 children.

The expansion did not go through the review process required to start a charter school outlined in state law, but rather was done by amending Cornville’s original charter.

The amendment to the charter was recommended by a three-person review team made up of commission members doing a review to determine whether the school’s original charter should be renewed for an additional five years. That renewal was granted by the full commission last month.

The addition of a high school and pre-kindergarten program did not have a separate public hearing in the community, but rather was discussed as part of a hearing on Cornville’s charter renewal, according to the review team’s report. The commission unanimously approved the expansion at its meeting on Dec. 6.

Cornville Regional and the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences (MEANS), on the campus of Good Will-Hinckley, were the first two charter schools approved in Maine after the charter law went into effect in 2011.

MEANS also used its charter renewal review to propose expansion, adding a “Threshold” program for students who are home either because they are pregnant or parenting or because of a disability. The plan calls for serving 20 students in the first year and 40 in the second. Both the commission’s vote to extend the MEANS charter for five years and to add Threshold were unanimous.

Threshold was described as a home-based program where once a week a teacher would visit the students, who stay connected to staff through the internet during the week. Students also would visit the MEANS campus for classes on Mondays, if possible.

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