Union Hill School District to close home study charter school
Union Hill Home Study Charter School will close at the end of June due to declining enrollment.
The Union Hill School District board of trustees voted unanimously at its March 10 meeting to shut down the program; the school will continue to operate through June 30, said district superintendent Susie Barry.
“We really felt that number one, financially, it wasn’t feasible,” Barry said. “And there’s so many wonderful options for home-schooling in the county that we knew the closure wouldn’t greatly impact our families.”
The district’s program offers home-schooled students the opportunity to attend enrichment and academic support classes a few times a week; seventh and eighth grade home-schooled students also have the opportunity to attend core classes, such as English language arts and math, with students at Union Hill Middle School.
The home study program has always been small, Barry noted; over the past seven years, the school has served an average of 62 students each year. Last year, 52 students were enrolled in the program; Barry said that number dropped to 20 students this year.
Barry said the district hasn’t pinpointed a specific cause for the drop in enrollment, but noted the high number of home-school programs in the county as one factor.
She also said she’s noticed parents gravitating toward home-school programs that provide more on-site options than Union Hill Home Study Charter School currently offers.
“Some parents who are home-schooling are wanting class time for their kids,” Barry said.
Barry said that parents of students within the program have been “very understanding of the reason for the closure.” The board of trustees held a public hearing on the issue at its February board meeting; no parents attended with complaints or concerns, she said.
The school’s education specialist has been working closely with individual families to help them transition out of the school.
“She was there to support them and offer them help to find new homes,” Barry said.
To contact Staff Writer Emily Lavin, email email@example.com or call 530-477-4230.
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