Charter school signs contract, hires director

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— While still protesting a condition that could deprive their school of money, the board members of the North Routt Charter School agreed to sign a contract Thursday night that will guide the school for the next three years.

The board also hired its first director Mary Bramer, who will work part time.

The school is upset at the Steamboat Springs School District's condition to keep half of the "small attendance center" funding, which could amount to anywhere between $25,000 and $40,000, said charter board member Sandy Clark. Small attendance center money is doled out for charter schools that are at least 20 miles from the district's nearest school.

District Superintendent Cyndy Simms said the small attendance center money is meant to be given to the district to offset the costs of funding the charter school.

The charter school is a public school and, though it will maintain its own board, it is entitled to the same property-tax based funding the district receives. The school was approved for 95 percent of the district's per pupil funding for each student that moves from the existing schools to the charter school.

On Thursday night, the group also hired Bramer as the school's part-time director. Bramer, whose salary has not been determined, will interview the one full-time and one part-time teacher the school plans to hire.

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