Jun 10, 2013 8:02 PM by Lorraine Rivera
VAIL - The governing board for the Vail School District will issue its first of two votes Tuesday regarding whether or not to give three existing schools charter status.
The schools are Desert Willow Elementary, Rincon Vista Middle and Old Vail Middle Schools.
The district is building it's 18th school and says four of those currently have charter status. There are approximately 12,000 students enrolled in the district.
Assistant Superintendent John Carruth said part of the decision is economic, "if we don't pay attention to what those market driven forces are,those issues of parental choices, if we don't fully explore them and look at how we can adapt those to our own community . Then we risk that same that same issue of becoming irrelevant and less effective."
The district says the increase in funding due to charter school status for the three schools during 2014-2015 year is estimated to be $1,730,000.
Jennifer Lofgren is a kindergarten teacher at Desert Willow Elementary School and is looking forward to the school gaining charter status, "it's really just a difference of a category. It doesn't change anything that we're doing in our schools. It doesn't change the quality of instruction that our students are receiving. We still get to be part of the number one school district in Southern Arizona and we just have the added benefit of being able to provide some added resources for our kids."
The first vote takes place Tuesday at 7 p.m. A public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. At Old Vail Middle School.