At Barlow Park Elementary School, the decision soon may not be “charter school or legacy school” for a given family.

   Instead, the decision would become: Choose a project-based charter school with traditional grades, or a play-based charter school broken up into learning groups.

   Eleven months after announcing interest in creating another charter school at Barlow Park Elementary, the Ripon Area School District took a gentle but definitive step toward making that a reality for the 2020-2021 school year.

   The district’s finance committee recommended approval of creating a new charter school at Barlow that would supplant the “legacy” school that exists there now.

   That would mean every student in the building would be enrolled in one charter or the other.

   Barlow Park Principal Tanya Sanderfoot — who was unable to be present — introduced the concept via a memo Monday night.

Read the full story in the Jan. 17, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.