Dec 1, 2010 7:59 PM by David Ortiviz

Pueblo charter school's contract expires

The future of a charter school in Pueblo is uncertain. On Tuesday, the Pueblo City Schools board of education voted 3-2 not to extend a contract with the Youth and Family Academy or YAFA.

YAFA is a school for at risk students. It's one of five schools in Pueblo under what's called a turn around status. Pueblo City Schools received grant money to improve the school, but some board members believe the school has been resistant to recommended changes.

"There was also a concern expressed by some board members that the academic achievement by the students at YAFA was not up to the original expectations of the charter," said Greg Sinn, a spokesperson for Pueblo City Schools.

"We want to assure the students, staff and parents of the school that for at least the near future, the school will continue. There will be classes as normal," said Sinn.

YAFA must now appeal the school board's decision or try to apply to operate under the state's chartering authority.

In a written statement to News First 5, Molly Melendez with YAFA says "This decision was completely unexpected... Our students and families are very important to us and we will continue to provide them with quality services."


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