New charter goes before county board

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

New charter  goes before county boardThe Ridgecrest Charter School Board voted March 27 to allow staff to present the Ridgecrest Elementary Academy for Language, Music and Science petition to the Kern County Superintendent of Schools.

The Kern County Board of Trustees will vote on the petition at a Tuesday, April 9, meeting at 1300 17th Street in Bakersfield.

“We are optimistic our petition will be successful and will continue serving Ridgecrest students and families during the 2019-20 school year,” said Principal Steven Martinez.

Sierra Sands Unified School District declined the RCS request to continue its charter, citing a decline in academic performance on state tests at RCS. A state committee and commission for the California State Board of Education upheld that action.

Before the state board decided the action at its March meeting, the local charter school reached out to district and county officials to redraft a charter that could be considered for approval by the county, rather than the state.

RCS officials noted that although the changes to the school could potentially be significant, creating the new organization would allow the current operation to transfer its infrastructure and academic assets to REALMS.

The charter school serves some 500 students in the Indian Wells Valley. The outcome of the county board meeting will be reported in next week’s edition.

Story First Published: 2019-04-05