Controversy Continues Over Charter School

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK – A meeting between members of the local press and charter school officials seemed to turn up the heat on the antagonism over the school’s expansion proposal.Principal Meredith Pennotti, Board of Trustees Vice President Roger Foss and school business administrator David Block met with four area reporters on Feb. 10 at the Red Bank Charter School, 58 Oakland St., to offer the school’s perspective on its plans.The school is currently awaiting state Commissioner of Education David Hespe’s decision on its proposal to double enrollment to 400 students over the next three years, as well as expanding its facility space.Charter school officials planned to use its own public forum held earlier this month at recently leased 135 Monmouth St. space to “give the press an open forum” in addition to giving community members a chance to be heard, and for the school to announce it would amend its plan to stagger the future enrollment for the town’s benefit, Pennotti said.But given the large number of people in attendance that night, officials thought it would be better to dedicate the bulk of the time to public comments.“We don’t feel like we met that goal,” of giving reporters a chance to ask questions, Pennotti said.But some countered that the press meeting was an attempt to manipulate local media, to sway public opinion given the vocal opposition the charter school has faced since its plans became public last December.“I just keep feeling they keep reporting the same things over and over without anybody requesting they substantiate their claims,” charged Jared Rumage, Red Bank superintendent of schools.Rumage and others have pointed out that the charter school had an opportunity to present their views at a Jan. 22 forum at the middle school and at their own forum as well, where school officials sat silent as community members spoke. Charter school officials at the last minute decided to decline the invitation to appear at the middle school event, leaving Rumage to present the public school’s point of view.The deadline to submit public comment on the charter school’s proposal to the commissioner of education was Jan. 31. Hespe’s decision is expected by the end of February.“We want to do more for the population of Red Bank,” Pennotti said of the school’s proposal. She pointed to her school’s continuing wait list, currently around 90 students. She added that the public school population is growing, with the schools “bursting at the seams.” She believed the expansion might offer some relief to the existing public school facility.The charter school’s application is on the school’s website and on record with the state Department of Education and available to the public.Much of the two-hour session revolved around points that the school has raised previously and countering some accusations from critics – which also have been expressed before.Rumage and others have said charter school students receive more money per student than their public school counterparts. But administrator Brock said that is misleading, given that actual dollars from the school district equates to less money per student than for the charter school students. The charter school receives an additional roughly a little more than $1 million in direct state aid.That, Rumage had countered, doesn’t negate the impact the charter school funding has on the public school district and what this expansion would mean for the public school and taxpayers – an often repeated refrain from opponents of the plan.“If this goes through, they’re failing to address this main concept,” Rumage said, “we will not be able to provide a thorough and efficient education for the kids who are left behind.”“The charter school is supposed to offer an alternative,” Pennotti offered another often repeated refrain of charter school supporters here and elsewhere. She said her school is providing innovative programs in a small school environment and offering families a choice, “That will attract families.”last_img read more

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Glacier athletes complete season in style at Kootenay Zones

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe Glacier Gymnastics club culminated an impressive season on the balance beam by hosting the Kootenay Zone Championships at the Civic Centre facility.Teams from throughout the zone joined the host from the Heritage City in the annual windup competition to the local gymnastic season.The zones were held over two days with competition in boys, girl’s pre-competitive, interclub and high school events.Glacier results included:Level 1 Argo 2002 Alexis Dyck, first on bars, second on floor and beam and first overall; Senna Moroney, first on beam, second overall; Teigan Barnhart, first vault, third overall; and Gwen McCrory second on bars first on floor, third on beam.Level 1 Argo 2001Ohia Wintraub, first on beam and bars, secnd on floor and vault, second overall; Olivia Kelly, third on floor, fourth on beam, third overall; Ashley Caponero, second on floor, fifth overall and Mimi Lockhurst, third on beam, fifth on floor and sixth all overall.Level 1 Tyro (10 & 11yrs old)Sara Tolles, first on vault, floor and beam, second overall and Brenna Barnhart, second on floor, third on vault and bars and third overall.Level 1 Novice & Open combinedKaya Fraser, first on beam, second overall; Maddie Sternloff, second beam, third on floor, fourth overall; Miranda Boisvert, fourth on beam, sixth overall and Katie Poetsch, third on beam and fourth on floor.Level 2 TyroBryn Walsh, first on bars and floor, second overall; Kylee Dyck, second on floor, third on Bars, third overall; Victoria Lawrence-Jeffery, second on beam, fourth on floor, fifth overall and Hailey Lothrop, third on beam and sixth overall.Level 2 NoviceChultim O’Neil was first vault, bars, floor and first overall; and Bronwyn Sutherland, first on beam and third on vault.Level 2 OpenJulie Poetsch took third on floor and bars, fourth overall; Kelly Westrop, second on vault, fourth on floor, fifth overall; and Rebecca Benner, sixth on vault, beam, floor and overall.Level 3 Tyro/Novice combinedJasmine Schacher captured first on beam, second on floor, bars and overall and Ella Kellan, third on floor and fourth overall.Highschool Level 1 Category Trilby Buck, first on vault, floor and first overall.Highschool Level 2 CategoryDanielle Cousins was first on beam, floor and overall; Shaylene Geist, second on bars, beam, third overall; Leanne Kalmikoff, third on floor, bars and overall and Abby Cowan second on floor, third on valult and fourth overall.Boys Level 3 Under 13Quinn Barron dominated with a gold in all six events and overall; Ciun Murphy, second on floor, rings and parallel bars second overall and Oliver McDougall-Eisele, second on vault and horizontal bar and third overall.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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Hawks oust Thunder Cats to advance to KIJHL Final against Storm

first_imgRebounding from an opening game loss, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks won four straight to capture the Kootenay Conference Championship Monday in Creston with a 6-2 win over the Thunder Cats.The Hawks win the best-of-seven Conference Series 4-1 and now advance to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Championship beginning Friday against the Kamloops Storm.Kamloops, the KIJHL regular season champs, swept 100 Mile House Wranglers 4-0 in the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference series.The first two games of the series are in Kamloops before the series shifts to Beaver Valley for Games three and four, March 31 and April 1. If necessary the remaining games are set for April 3 (Kamloops), April 4 (Fruitvale) and April 6 (Kamloops).Braden Fuller scored once and added two assists to power the Nitehawks past the Eddie Mountain Champs from Creston.The Thunder Cats won the opener of the series 5-4.But the Hawks stole Game two 6-3 before sweeping the rest of the series by a combined score of 17-7.The KIJHL champion advances to the Cyclone Taylor Cup, set for April 10-13 in Nelson.In other KIJHL news:The Grand Forks Border Bruins are proud to announce that forward Jackson Purvis has committed to play hockey for the Bethel University Royals during the 2014/15 season. Bethel is a NCAA Division III program located in St Paul, Minnesota. Purvis captained the Border Bruins this past season, and is a two time Team MVP and 2012/13 Neil Murdoch Division Most Sportsmanlike Player. Purvis tallied 50 goals and 61 assists for 111 points in 82 games.last_img read more

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Greenwood hosts second successful rugby bash

first_imgGreenwood was full of Rugby players again last weekend for the Boundary Bash Social 10s Rugby Tournament. This is the second year they have hosted this tournament and this year they were larger by just one team.Organizer and Jewel Lake resident Oliver Glaser said the tournament was a success, particularly in regards to the social aspect.Everyone had fun and the City of Greenwood opened up O’Hairi Park as a campsite for the rugby players, he said.This year’s teams included the East Vancouver Scribes, who technically hosted the event because Glaser still plays on their team, the Trail Colonials, the Grand Forks Wanderers, the Ridge Meadow Bruins (Maple Ridge) and the Nelson Grizzlies.The Grizzlies easily won the tournament because they won all their games and had the most ‘tries’ – goal attempts. There was only one woman’s team, which came from Ridge Meadows. The men’s teams played a few games with them and some of the woman joined the men’s teams and played along with them.“One woman player on the Grizzlies,” said Glaser, noting that she played exceptionally well. “She was fit and toned and ran hard. She ran really good lines.”The Trail Colonials were awarded the most social team and Bryan Louzon was awarded the most social player.Glaser said the games were all really good and that the level of play was strong this year. The players followed the rules and there was no kicking or fighting.Ingram Creek Saddlery donated a custom-made leather ball for the winning team again this year. Glaser said this makes them stand out from other tournaments.“It’s a really special thing,” he said.  New to the tournament this year was a kids touch game and a concession stand. They had about 100 people as spectators and everyone seemed to have a good time, said Glaser.The only real complaint was about the noise from the music at the campsite at night. Glaser said he hadn’t considered how much the noise would carry and that he would consider a noise curfew the next year.Glaser is hoping to host the event this year but says it depends on what the numbers look like after they have done their calculations. He is happy if they are just able to break even because it’s all about having fun, but if the host team has lost a lot of money they may not host it again next year.last_img read more

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$2 million 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies – Quotes & Recap

first_imgSecond-place trainer Mark Casse (Valadorna) – “She ran great. She had a good trip and was maybe just a little bit late getting out with the soft fractions, but I was proud of her. It was the way I expected her to run. She’s a very good horse. She needed (the education she got in her last race) today.” ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 5, 2016) – Ciglia Racing, Exline-Border, Gulliver Racing, Sharon Alesia et al’s Champagne Room ($69.20) blew past early pacesetter Noted and Quoted at the head of the stretch and then held off a late bid from Valadorna by three-quarters of a length to win the 33rd running of the $2 million 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), the first of nine World Championships races Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita Park.Trained by Peter Eurton and ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Champagne Room covered the mile and a sixteenth on a fast track in 1:45.12. It is the first Breeders’ Cup victory for Eurton and second for Gutierrez, who won last year’s Juvenile on Nyquist. CHAMPAGNE ROOM WINS 14 HANDS WINERY BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE FILLIES Breeders’ Cup World Championships – Saturday, Nov. 5 It was the second victory in five starts for the Kentucky-bred daughter of Broken Vow. Third-place jockey Mike Smith (American Gal) – “We broke real bad and it cost me the race. That’s all it was.” Third-place trainer Bob Baffert (American Gal) – “I thought she ran an incredible race considering how wide she had to go the whole way. She’s shown she can go a distance and what a good horse she is.” Winning trainer Peter Eurton (Champagne Room) – “I wasn’t feeling utterly confident (coming down the stretch). She was actually moving pretty well. She was getting a little tired, but there wasn’t anyone catching her. I’m feeling pretty good right now. This means an awful lot to me.” 14 HANDS WINERY BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE FILLIES QUOTES Winning jockey Mario Gutierrez (Champagne Room) – “I had a perfect trip. She broke really sharp. I was able to settle behind the speed and when I asked her, she ran with all her heart today.” Second-place jockey Julien Leparoux (Valadorna) – “We had a pretty good trip, but there wasn’t much pace. I had to wait a little bit on the turn and I think the winner got away from us. She ran a big, big race.”last_img read more

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