Charter may be signed today

North Routt school's lease on life

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— The North Routt Charter School board members will decide today whether to sign the contract or charter that will guide their school.

The Steamboat Springs School Board voted unanimously Monday night to approve the contract, with the possibility of some slight amendments by the district's lawyer. The charter school board has yet to receive a copy.

Steamboat Springs Super-

intendent Cyndy Simms said she did not have a copy of the much-disputed contract in hand but it would be available by this morning.

The district's lawyer, Chris Gdowski, was still making some amendments to the contract after the board approved it, Simms said.

The charter school board appealed to the state school board after the local school board's initial approval of its application on Jan. 29 because of a group of conditions placed on the approval.

The board has been working to find a new home for the school and may be able to lease the old Clark Schoolhouse near the Clark Store.

The Clark Schoolhouse was one of North Routt's original one-room schoolhouses before the district was reorganized in 1960. The school may be signing papers to lease the school as soon as Friday, said Shaunna Watterson of the charter school board.

The school would still be educating 18 students, which is the number of enrollment forms the board has received.

The board is close to hiring a director and will ask the director to take control of the process of hiring staff members, Watterson said.

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