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State may OK 10-year charter renewal; after-school tutoring and saturday classes available

Akili Academy’s monthly board meeting, March 26, focused on the status of the school’s charter and a preliminary report on end-of-year student assessments.

Teachers were present to discuss results of both math and reading-comprehension tests. Akili’s students range from kindergarten to the fourth grade, and by present scoring standards all classes are making progress toward year-end curriculum goals. After-school tutoring will continue to address third- and fourth-grade reading and writing skills. The program may be expanded to include other grades as well.

With additional state tests ahead, review sessions will be offered on Saturdays.

The Akili board met recently with state education officials to discuss the academy’s pending application to renew its charter. The school’s strong academic progress makes it eligible for a 10-year charter, board members learned. Assuming progress continues, the renewal process should be finished around December.

In other business, the finance committee reported on year-to-date spending and revenues, and the institutional advancement committee reported on fundraising. Finances are in stride with budget projections and the school is close to exceeding its fundraising goals, the committees reported.

The board is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. April 23, in the administration annex.

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