Grass Valley school district to move charter school |

Grass Valley school district to move charter school

Trustees voted Tuesday to move the Grass Valley Charter School to the Bell Hill campus for the 2005-06 school year.

The 4-1 decision, with trustee Russell “Pat” Ingram dissenting, means that Bell Hill’s 20 teachers and more than 200 K-2 students will be absorbed by Hennessy and Scotten schools next year. Both Hennessy and Scotten, under the plan approved, would be converted to K-5 schools.

The decision Tuesday follows several months of deliberation by the board and an 18-member committee of parents, teachers and district administrators to study ways to deliver education to more than 1,400 students during a time of declining enrollment, said Superintendent Jon Byerrum.

The move is expected to save the district $160,000 next year, though board members insisted the move wasn’t made to save money.

In addition, Bell Hill Principal Carol Judd is retiring in June after serving in the district for three decades. She has been Bell Hill’s principal for nearly 20 years.

For more on this story, read Thursday’s edition of The Union.

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