The Vallejo school board will decide today whether to renew Mare Island Technology Academy’s middle school charter, and also review how the district’s new superintendent is doing.Mare Island Technology Academy (MIT), the Vallejo City Unified School District’s first charter school, has charters for both its middle and high school programs.
Academy and district officials agreed last week to extend by seven days the 60-day deadline for the district school board to act on the school’s application. By law, the board must make a decision within 60 days of a charter application unless both parties agree to an extension.
Board members expressed concern that a section of the middle school charter declared MIT a separate special education entity, which district officials said was not possible.
The same issue was discussed and rectified last year when MIT successfully submitted its high school charter for reauthorization. Board members said they would be more comfortable if MIT fixed the language in the middle school charter before approving it, leading to the seven-day extension.
In a separate meeting, the board will evaluate the performance of Superintendent Ramona Bishop, who started her job in April. At the time, board members expressed hope that Bishop’s hiring would stop the district’s “revolving door” of leadership.
Though enacted before her arrival, Bishop oversaw the closure of three district schools, including Hogan High, and the creation of new magnet
schools such as the Cave Language Academy and Mare Island Health and Fitness Academy.The board also will get a glimpse of the district’s finances as officials prepare to file the first interim report of the school year.
Altogether, the board will hold three “separate” meetings today, though they will all run together. In the first, the board will participate in a workshop about reviewing the superintendent before breaking for closed session for the actual review.
The marathon meetings begin at 9 a.m. today and are expected to continue until 3 p.m. The board meets at the district offices, 665 Walnut Ave.
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