East Grand approves IPCS transfer
May 25, 2016
For nearly a year-and-a-half officials at Indian Peaks Charter School (IPCS) in Granby have been working to transition Indian Peaks out of the East Grand School District and into the Colorado Charter School Institute's (CSI) non-geographical school district for charter schools.
After receiving formal approval from the CSI Board in March this year Indian Peaks began negotiating the final approval needed for the transfer to move ahead. Last Tuesday, May 17, the East Grand School District's Board of Education formally approved Indian Peaks transfer out of the district.
East Grand Superintendent Jody Mimmack presented the final contact documents to the EGSD Board of Education during the Board meeting. Mimmack explained the District's attorneys recently completed their review of the contract and the document was ready to sign.
"The East Grand School District is excited for Indian Peaks to be associated with the statewide charter school association," Mimmack said recently. "We wish them all the best and will continue to partner with them for use of grounds, food service and transportation."
"We are very excited to have our contracts approved by both school boards," said IPCS Administrator Allison Beauvais. "This is our first big step in finalizing our transfer to CSI. We have a long way to go in the next few months but this was a great first accomplishment. We are very happy to continue working with EGSD in providing excellent education to the children in Grand County!"
Beauvais went on to explain that after the CSI contract is formally in place, after July 1, the school has plans to move forward with a new program for Grand County's private and home-school students. "Last Wednesday our Governing Board approved adding a part-time program to IPCS. This will allow students from private and home-school to enroll in our expeditionary learning program on Fridays."
Indian Peaks began looking into transferring to the CSI school district in late 2014 when the school began their standard contract negotiations with the EGSD. At that time the suggestion was made that Indian Peaks consider joining the CSI. Indian Peaks formally submitted their application to CSI in Dec. 2015.
After receiving approval for the transfer from CSI's Board on March 8 this year officials from Indian Peaks began negotiating service contracts with the EGSD, including food service and transportation. Indian Peaks also negotiated a lease agreement for the use of the school's building on East Diamond Avenue in Granby. The facility and property are owned by the EGSD. When the contract goes into effect IPCS will pay East Grand $250 per month for use of the facility and grounds, the fee includes costs for snow removal and mowing operations.