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Portage school board turns down parents' charter school proposal


PORTAGE (WKOW) -- A parents' charter school proposal to replace a closing elementary school has been turned down by the Portage Community School Board.

Organizer Angeline Edgar tells 27 News the decision was one they expected, but they're still disappointed.

In November, a group of parents rallied together to start their own charter school after the Portage Community School District decided to close down two rural elementary schools-- Caledonia and Fort Winnebago-- to save $1.2 million and offset a budget deficit of $3.6 million.

The board turned down the proposal because it would not have offered significant cost savings for the district. Edgar says it would cost $240,000 to run the charter and the district has said closing Caledonia would save $400,000.

Caledonia students have been offered spots at any of the Portage district's other elementary schools, but Edgar says options like Lewiston Elementary are too far-- about 25 miles away from Caledonia.

Edgar says there could still be a future for students in Caledonia. The town board has shown interest in the charter and has been in touch with a charter school in Merrimac about possibly combining the schools.

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