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Big jump in performance score anticipated as school awaits OK on charter extension

At the board’s first meeting of the new school year, ARISE Academy principal Andrew Shahan reported that he expects an 11 point increase in the school’s performance score when the state releases final figures in several weeks.

Currently, the school’s performance score is 67.1, short of the state’s acceptable minimum of 75.

ARISE is in the fourth year of a five-year contract, and awaits a final decision from the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on an extension of its charter. The decision is due in October.

In his principal’s report, Shahan announced that he had filed the necessary papers for the board to become a charter management organization, as the school seeks to take over another school in the coming years.

He said the school is just a few students short of its enrollment goal of 461.

The board learned that the resignation of a kindergarten co-teacher earlier in the week has triggered a search for a replacement.

The meeting lasted about 20 minutes. The next board meeting is September 19.

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