District set to renew partnership

Margaretta Schools holds meetings to discuss charter school.
Alissa Widman Neese
Nov 27, 2013
Margaretta Schools intends to sponsor its charter school for at least three more years.

Board members from the district and Townsend Community School were set to approve extending their partnership at brief meetings this morning, at 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., respectively. They announced the special meetings Monday with a news release.

Townsend Community School opened in 2011 as north-central Ohio’s first charter school.

District officials consider it hugely successful so far. Its enrollment fluctuates daily, but typically hovers around 425 students. The high school age students — typically considered “at risk” of not graduating on time — complete work at their own pace in a nontraditional school setting.

Margaretta Schools first approved a two-year sponsorship of Townsend Community School.

Districts can approve sponsoring a charter school up to five years at a time, meaning Margaretta Schools will now partner with Townsend Community School for the maximum number of years possible, director Pete Bartkowiak said.

Taking official board action is mostly a formality, and the meetings should only take a few minutes, Bartkowiak said.