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KC-SVRCS hearing delayed; charter renewal near

MILL HALL — There’s progress to report.

There’s been a lot of positive talk between representatives from the Keystone Central School District and the Sugar Valley Rural Charter School lately.

So much so, that next Tuesday’s hearing on the charter school’s charter renewal has been delayed.

In an email sent late Tuesday night, KCSD superintendent Jacquelyn Martin wrote:

“For the past three weeks members of the KCSD Board of Directors and administration have been meeting with members of the SVRCS Board of Trustees and administrators to find a compromise in their current differences with regards to renewing the 20+ year old charter. At this time both parties are hopeful that they are close to a resolution and have agreed to delay the hearing that was scheduled for February 4, 2020.”

The first word of positive talks regarding a charter extension for the Loganton-based charter school was reported early this month when Keystone Central approved an agreement with the charter school for the talks to proceed to resolve their differences.

And in an email sent to media outlets shortly thereafter, a news release stated that there had been a meeting between the two parties. Although the email was sent from a KCSD address, it stated that it was sent on behalf of Martin and SVRCS CEO Tracie Kennedy.

That news release read: “Last evening representatives from SVRCS and KCSD met to discuss revisions to the 20-year-old charter. The conversation between the two has been positive and productive thus far. Further meetings have been scheduled to meet the common goal of charter revisions that could be approved by both the KCSD Board of Directors and SVRCS Board of Trustees.”

At the Jan. 9 KCSD school board meeting, there was a special voting session that took place following the work session. During the voting session, the board unanimously approved an agreement with SVRCS for talks to proceed in an effort to resolve differences so a new five-year agreement between the schools can be negotiated.

It now appears that progress is being made.

The KCSD board is scheduled to have a regular work session at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6 at the Central Mountain High School auditorium.

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