We have some good news and some bad news….
The bad news first: If you’ve been keeping up with the media reports, you may already know that the Washington State Charter School Commission did not approve Sunnyside Charter Academy last week.
Our application was evaluated by a team of four individuals that also interviewed our Board of Directors. That evaluator team submitted a report to the Commission, who reviewed the reports for all 19 applicants, and then voted last Thursday to officially approve or deny each application (approving only 7). The evaluation report for Sunnyside Charter Academy states that we “Meet the Standards” for both our Education Plan and our Organizational Plan. We only “Partially Meet the Standards” for our Financial Plan; it was for this reason that our application was denied.
The GREAT NEWS is that we now have five months to improve our Financial Plan. Considering that we were able to create an Education Plan and Organizational Plan that met the standards in less than three months is an amazing feat, and we are THRILLED with what we have accomplished so far. We gained valuable experience by going through the interview and evaluation process, and are confident that we know what we need to do to be approved in the next cycle. Our future looks bright and we are optimistically looking forward to the next application deadline, which is July 15, 2014. Upon approval at that time, we will still be able to open in fall 2015!
We continue to welcome your input; that’s what creating a grass-roots community school is all about! Thank you for your continued interest and support!
Charter Schools of Sunnyside Board of Directors
Brittany Weaver, Erin Martin, Brian Anderson, Gary Johnson, Cori Suman, Camille Pieterick, Gary Martin