Posts made in June, 2013

Location and Land

Posted by on Jun 10, 2013 in Blog

The building and location plan is not part of our initial proposal, but this could be one of the most time consuming items, so I want to try and focus a couple of hours a week on it. Our plans for buildings and grounds have been explained in a previous post. In order to make our school cost effective and to ensure as much money as possible goes to educating our students we will need to have the land donated. Here is the direction I want to take for land:

  • Land donation from Weyerhauser
  • Land donation from Seneca
  • Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

I figure the first thing to do is call them, explain what we are doing and ask for a land donation. Seneca owns the land behind Tumac in Lowell and Weyerhauser owns a majority of the timbered hillside in Fall Creek. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department runs the Lowell State Recreation site and if they let the UofO crew team put a building on site for the boats, so they might be willing to let us put buildings on site for a school. I’m also interested in the Dexter State Recreation site as it is bigger than Lowell. The state parks would also be ideal because they have restroom facilities and the grounds are maintained by the parks service. Dexter is 94 acres and Lowell is 57 acres. I will be contacting the following entities this week:

PO BOX 275
SPRINGFIELD OR, 97477-0056
(541) 746-2511

Seneca Sawmill
(541) 689-1011
PO Box 851
Eugene, OR 97440

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

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Special Education

Posted by on Jun 10, 2013 in Blog

Our proposal needs the following section added to it: Arrangement for any special education and related services provided pursuant to ORS 338.165 for children with disabilities who may attend the school. This section needs to explain how the school will provide services for children with disabilities who enroll. The sponsoring school district has the responsibility of providing FAPE (free appropriate public education) to students with disabilities enrolled in charter schools. The district is responsible for the oversight of special education in all of its schools, including charter schools, and for ensuring special education services are provided and administered according to state and federal law.

The charter schools administration and provision of special education is a collaborative project with the district and other agencies or special education service providers.

Consideration for special education needs to be taken into account during the original design of the charter school. The proposal should clearly demonstrate our understanding of the special education referral process and service model in conjunction with the proposed sponsor district.

The Individuals with Disabilities ACT (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. It governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities. Children and youth (ages 3-21) receive special education and related services under IDEA Part B.

Our plan to identify and education students with disabilities

  1. RTI will be used to identify students with learning disabilities. ODE RTI

ODE Special Ed web page


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June 7th

Posted by on Jun 6, 2013 in Board Meetings

Cummins NW in Coburg, OR


  • Review our progress
  • Work on the remaining proposal items



We reviewed our progress on the Starting a Charter School page and then had a working session on the remaining Proposal items. We have decided to wait until July 1st to contact the Lowell School district to discuss our charter school. Rick has volunteered to contact them. Our next meeting will be June 28th.

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