Dinosaur school closer to compliance
Three months after school district officials wondered whether they’d have to close the Dinosaur Community Charter School, they were offering praises.
“We’ve been pleasantly surprised with the compliance the school has gained,” Superintendent of Schools Pete Bergmann said.
Assistant Superintendent Joel Sheri-dan reported at Thursday night’s Board of Education meeting that the charter school has met eight of the 12 requirements and is nearing completion on three others.
“There were many more problems — at least red flags — to me three months ago than there are now,” Sheridan said.
The school continues to have trouble providing speech and language services.
“They must find solutions,” Sher-i-dan said. “I told them you can’t give us a hard-luck story be-cause the state doesn’t listen to hard-luck stories.”
The charter school has been awarded a $180,000 Walton grant, which will give it significant leverage. The funds can be used for a variety of things, including staffing.
“We can get a greenhouse and all the other things we have on our wish list,” DCCS Principal Dana Forbes said.
The grant alleviates the financial pressure on the school and reduces its need for a Colorado Department of Education grant. That’s a good thing, Sheridan said, because without meeting one of the 12 requirements — certifying 100 percent of the staff as “highly qualified” — it was not going to qualify for a DOE grant. The school is one staff member short of have 100 percent certification.
Overall, Forbes reported that things were looking up for DCCS and said the school was looking at more than doubling its enrollment next year.
“It’s looking really positive and I think we’ll be pushing 30 (students) for next year,” he said.
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