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SVVSD extends Carbon Valley Academy renewal term

The charter school faced declining enrollment during the pandemic, but has since seen an increase, school board officials said.
The St. Vrain Valley School District meeting Jan. 25, 2023.

The St. Vrain Valley School Board adopted a resolution Wednesday to extend the renewal term for Carbon Valley Academy Charter School.

The school faced financial issues and declining enrollment in 2020, but enrollment has since increased, said Michele Saller, the school’s principal.

“In June of 2021, we had 167 students — we are now currently at 266,” Saller said during Wednesday’s regular school board meeting.

She said the school is “full of people who have a heart for kids, and a willingness to do whatever it takes for student success.”

But Saller said the school also needed a vision in order to succeed.

“A school needs a set of shared language, a set of shared values and a set of shared beliefs,” she said.

The Board of Education has approved the charter school’s renewal application through June 30, 2025, at which time the board will assess whether the school’s renewal term should be extended until 2028, “upon satisfactory review of Carbon Valley Academy’s performance by district finance and accreditation staff,” read a memorandum issued ahead of Wednesday’s regular board meeting.

The recommendation to extend the school’s renewal term was presented after the District Accountability Committee and Board of Education assessed the charter school’s progress, financial plan and amended budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Carbon Valley Academy and district finance staff have agreed to quarterly financial reviews over the next two years.

The academy, at 4040 Coriolis Way in Frederick, serves students from kindergarten through eighth grade.

Amber Fisher

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