Meridian School District, North Star Charter School come to agreement

August 22, 2013 

In a quick about-face, the Meridian School District and North Star Charter School have a deal for 2013-14.

On Thursday morning, the school board rescinded its plans to revoke the cash-strapped Eagle school’s operating charter. Board members gave their unanimous approval to a plan designed to keep the school afloat through June 30.

This vote came two months after the district took the initial steps to revoke the K-12 school’s charter — resulting in tense public sparring between the state’s largest school district and one of Idaho’s largest charter schools.

But during a brief and cordial meeting Thursday, the board and North Star officials looked to make peace. School Board members said they never had concerns with North Star’s academic performance and acknowledged that North Star officials were burdened with bad debts negotiated by their predecessors. Trustees also went out of their way to address a recurring claim during the controversy: the allegation that Meridian wanted to shut down North Star in order to absorb its students and collect an increase in state funding.

Read the rest of the story from Idaho Education News here.

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