Charter high school plans moving forward

BLACKFOOT — Organizers of a public charter high school expect their petition to be heard by the Idaho Public Charter School Commission in December and are moving forward with their effort to open the school next fall.
The Idaho STEM Academy, a proposed charter high school focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, brought their petition to the Blackfoot School Board of Trustees in September. The board waived the decision during their October meeting to the state Charter School Commission, who will meet Dec. 15.
Mark Fisk, a member of the founding board of the Idaho STEM Academy, said they knew it was a possibility the local school board would refer the decision to the state board and they are simply moving forward with what needs to be done in order to open the school next year.
"It will get done," Fisk said. "We're very confident in that."
The hope, he said, is to allow those students who entered the sixth grade at Idaho Science and Technology Charter School to continue on to a charter high school next year as they enter ninth grade. In the first year, the school will have ninth and tenth grade classes with the hope of having approximately 100 students.
Fisk encourages all parents with even a slight interest in sending their children to the Idaho STEM Academy next year to let them know.
"If they have students going into ninth or tenth grade next year they need to get ahold of us," Fisk said. "There really is a very strong and vibrant health interest in this charter high school."
Interested parents can contact either the Blackfoot Charter Community Learning Center at 782-0744 or the Idaho Science and Technology Charter School at 785-7827.