Indians Peaks moves ahead with transfer negotiations |

Indians Peaks moves ahead with transfer negotiations

Students from Indian Peaks Charter School pose for a picture in front of the Granby Town Hall on Earth Day, Friday April 22. The kids from Indian Peaks managed to pick up a total of 97 pounds of trash over the course of the morning.
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The Indian Peaks Charter School (IPCS) transfer to Colorado’s Charter School Institute (CSI) is moving forward as negotiations between Indian Peaks, CSI and the East Grand School District (EGSD) continue to develop.

Indian Peaks is working to finalize negotiations between the school and the EGSD for several types of services and is preparing a five-year budget plan for submission to the CSI, said Allison Beauvais, Administrator for Indian Peaks.

Among the services Indian Peaks and the EGSD are negotiating are food service, transportation and bussing service and costs associated with Indian Peak’s lease of property. The current building and land which houses IPCS is owned by the EGSD. Indian Peaks and the District have worked out a figure of $250 per month as a fee for ongoing leasing of the property. The fee includes the costs of snow removal during the winter and mowing over the summer.

Indian Peaks will see a slight increase in their food service costs. Students at Indian Peaks will pay $5 per day for food service, which covers both breakfast and lunch. As part of the agreement between the District and Indian Peaks students at IPCS who wish to utilize the District’s food service must purchase both breakfast and lunch at a cost of $5 total. Students cannot opt to purchase only breakfast or lunch for a reduced fee.

The EGSD has agreed to continue providing bussing services for students at Indian Peaks at no additional cost. Students from Indian Peaks will still be able to ride EGSD busses to school Monday through Thursday on standard bussing routes.

IPCS must complete their contract negotiations between the school, the school district and CSI by May 15, said Beauvais.

“Our lawyer drew up two contracts,” said Beauvais. “One was a lease contract to stay on the land and the other was a service contract for food service and transportation. The District has their lawyer looking at it.”

She hopes to have the contracts fully reviewed and ready for possible approval from the EGSD Board by the next Board meeting Tuesday, May 3.

Beauvais and other administrators from Indian Peaks are scheduled to meet with the CSI’s head of operations on May 11 to go over the schools contract with CSI. The review will cover several topics such as the upcoming school calendar and how IPCS will handle transfers of student information out of the EGSD.

Other issues IPCS is currently working out in preparation for the transfer to CSI are special education accommodations and how the school will oversee their federal free and reduced lunch program now that the school is no longer under the purview of the EGSD’s food services.

Indian Peaks’ contract with the EGSD is set to expire on June 30 and administrators from IPCS hope to formally begin their contract with CSI on July 1. Indian Peaks currently has 29 students. Their budgetary plan anticipates an increase in student enrollment of roughly five students per year for the next five years.

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.

Among the many programs administered by the school are community cleanup projects such as the one IPCS students engaged in on Earth Day this year. On Friday, April 22 students from IPCS showed their appreciation for their community and the environment by spending the morning picking up trash throughout the town, hitting heavily littered locations along US Highway 40. The students managed to clear out about 97 pounds of trash.

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