STARS Charter School

CHARTER SCHOOL GRAPPLES WITH LOW TEST SCORES, July 26, 2010, Richmond County (VA) Daily Journal

A Moore County charter school with Richmond County students may take on a new look in the 2010-11 school year as it struggles to improve its performance on standardized testing - one that some parents and employees are up in arms over.

STARS Charter School in Vass is a 300-student, K-8 arts-integrated school that places an emphasis on performing arts such as chorus and dance.

However, after a poor performance on standardized testing that led to the school scoring below proficiency; the board of directors, which includes two Richmond County members, is looking to overhaul the K-8 school whether or not parents are on board.

In turn, the parents are accusing board members of misconduct in the way they hold meetings and make decisions, hiring teachers without the principal’s knowledge and beginning a search for a new principal against the will of the parents…

A packet was sent out Thursday to regional media outlets including a letter to State Superintendent Dr. June Atkinson alleging multiple violations of the board’s by-laws by its members, and a general dismissal of the opinions of parents.

The letter, sent out by Pat Johnson, who has three grandchildren at the school, accused the board of not giving proper public notice of the meeting, and other violations of their by-laws, for example, extending their terms…

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