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April 30, 2013

Charter school makes another swing at approval

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CLARKSVILLE —

She said Clarksville is the first choice because of the school’s namesake. York was a black slave who was a member of Lewis and Clark’s expedition.

She said she hopes to attract a diverse student population at the school and use a curriculum that incorporates foreign language, arts, athletics and a “rigorous” academic program.

“We really want to have a school that motivates kids to learn,” Kischnick said. “That was our major reason for trying to have a school was that we wanted to nurture kids in a way that would make them want to come to school and make them want to learn.”

But a public meeting at the Jeffersonville Township Public Library’s Clarksville Branch last week, a local district weighed in on the matter and why they didn’t support the school.

Andrew Melin, superintendent of Greater Clark County Schools, said in a statement that bringing in another charter school to the area would further tighten budgets in an already difficult financial environment.

“Adding another school in Clark County, in our opinion, is not only academically unnecessary, but also would wreak financial havoc on what we consider to be a great school district — the Greater Clark County Schools,” Melin’s statement says. “We respectfully ask that you decline the approval of the York Discovery Academy application for charter school status in Clark County, Indiana.”

Bill Wilson, board president for Clarksville Community Schools, said he attended the meeting along with administration and board members from his district. He said while they mainly wanted to get information about the school at the meeting, he’s not sure they’ll get a charter because they don’t have a place for the school yet.

“I think it would be kind of difficult to grant a charter to anybody that didn’t have a building at least set up in mind,” Wilson said.

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