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.