Indian Peaks transfer approved by CSI Board
March 10, 2016
Indian Peaks Charter School's application to join Colorado's Charter School Institute (CSI) School District was officially approved by the CSI Board earlier this week.
Indian Peaks will now begin the process of formally breaking away from the East Grand School District (EGSD) in preparation for their next academic year. Indian Peaks Administrator Allison Beauvais confirmed the approval of the transfer application on Tue. March 8, stating, "IPCS was approved today by the CSI Board for transfer to CSI pending contract negotiations with EGSD."
Officials from Indian Peaks along with senior administrators from the EGSD will begin detailed contract negotiations next week discussing topics such as transportation services, land use, food services and 3-C funding. Officials from the EGSD had previously lodged their support for Indian Peaks transfer to the CSI.
"We are excited about our new journey and endless possibilities with CSI," Beauvais stated. "This will open up new doors for our students, staff and families!"
According to information provided by Beauvais CSI staff members recommended the CSI Board approve the Indian Peaks transfer with an initial contract term of three years.
Going forward administrators at IPCS will need to submit a five-year balanced budget proposal based on final negotiations with the EGSD for services such as transportation. Administrators will also have to provide CSI with a written agreement regarding anticipated costs from Northwest BOCES that assures the CSI that student services will not be adversely affected. IPCS administrators must take action on both issues prior to the execution of the charter contract.
Other milestones for IPCS's transfer to the CSI school district this spring and summer include submissions of financial policies and procedures, securing contract services such as special education and health, determine plans for transferring student data from the school district and providing detailed plans for extracurricular programs. A basic timeline moving forward indicates that IPCS should have contract negotiations mostly wrapped up by mid-July.
Indian Peaks is a charter school serving kindergarten through eighth-grade students in the Granby area. The school offers an alternative curriculum option for local parents with a mountain outdoor education program, a focus on foreign languages and a five-day a week school schedule.
Prior to contracting with the CSI Indian Peaks was a part of the EGSD. Indian Peaks is still technically a part of the EGSD. The current contract between IPCS and the EGSD expires in June of this year.
Historically Indian Peaks has negotiated contracts with the EGSD every five years. When officials from both IPCS and the EGSD met late in 2014 to begin discussing contract renewal the suggestion was made that Indian Peaks consider joining the CSI. Things began moving forward in April 2015 when Indian Peaks held a meeting with local parents to discuss a possible transfer.
According to data provided by Polly Gallagher, Academic Director for the upper grades at IPCS, that meeting resulted in overwhelming parental support for the transfer with 16 parents voting in favor, two absentees and no votes against.
Officials from Indian Peaks submitted their application to join the CSI school district just before the start of the New Year on Dec. 10, 2015. Over the intervening months officials from IPCS held multiple meetings with various boards and committees with the CSI and held a community meeting on Feb. 17 to outline the proposal to student parents and interested community members.