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Charter’s resources to be shifted

With Oak Tree Community Charter School’s closure imminent, Twin Ridges Elementary School District personnel are pondering the allocation of the school’s resources.

Students from the school will attend Grizzly Hill next year, adding 57 children to the 68-student K-8 campus, effectively folding Oak Tree’s charter programs into a traditional school.

There’s uncertainty, however, about what may happen to both campuses in the future.

The Oak Tree campus will be vacant next year, save for the use of a meeting hall and the Oak Tree home-school program.

But in the 2003-04 school year, Oak Tree/Grizzly Hill administrator Gary Bowman said, Grizzly Hill School may be empty.

The school district may consider selling one of the buildings because of declining enrollment, although the decision has not been made.

“In the long term, there are changes that make Oak Tree the logical choice, but for that to be considered, we would have to look at building more (on the Oak Tree campus), possibly even building a gym,” Bowman said.

Administrators are planning an April 16 meeting to discuss how to combine both campuses for the upcoming school year.

Both have distinct advantages, Bowman said. Oak Tree has a football field and a large meeting room; Grizzly Hill has more classrooms and already has a gym.

The Twin Ridges board decided to close the charter school at the end of this school year after the school nearly closed before Christmas because of a $55,000 budget shortfall brought on by start-up costs and declining enrollment.

As a result of the school’s closure, Bowman issued layoff notices to six teachers, though he plans to hire many of them back next year.

Grizzly Hill, which now has three full-time teachers, will need at least three or four more when the schools merge.

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