Home sweet home – maybe – for Vacaville charter school

By From page A3 | April 02, 2014

VACAVILLE — It could be that a new public charter school has found a home in the former Elm Elementary School buildings.

Whether Kairos Public School Vacaville Academy will put down roots in the longtime vacant buildings will be up for approval Thursday at the Vacaville School District school board meeting that begins at 7 p.m. at the Educational Services Center.

If approved, the facility use agreement would be good from the next school year through 2018-19. The agreement would be a shared use in that currently the Solano County Office of Education houses two special education programs on the site as well as the district’s Independent Study Program, and Buckingham Charter Magnet High School uses the play fields.

According to the agreement, much of the costs of operation will fall to Kairos, including providing and maintaining all furnishings and equipment; various fees, utilities, major facility maintenance or replacement costs requested or caused by the school; and custodial services. The district will remain responsible for such deferred maintenance items as plumbing, heating, electrical, roofing, flooring and painting.

Multiple Americans with Disabilities Act improvements have been identified – such as restrooms, drinking fountains, travel paths, locks and fire alarm system – and when the time comes to renovate, Kairos will share in the responsibility of ADA modernization along with the district dependent upon Kairos’ funding through a charter school renovation grant or the passage of a local school facilities construction bond.

Three percent of charter school revenues – listed to include general purpose entitlement, categorical block grants and certain state funding – will go to the district for oversight and facility fees as required by state law.

The charter school will be for kindergarten through eighth grade and already has completed its registration process for the upcoming school year. The projected enrollment for Kairos is 400 children.

The co-founders of Kairos – Bob Hampton and Jared Austin – were key players at Buckingham with Hampton as its founder and first principal for several years.

More information about the school can be found at www.kairospublicschools.org. For a copy of the board agenda, go to http://vacaville.csbaagendaonline.net/cgi-bin/WebObjects/vacaville-eAgenda.woa/wa/showMeeting.

The Educational Services Center is located at 401 Nut Tree Road.

Reach Susan Winlow at 427-6955 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/swinlowdr.


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  • The MisterApril 02, 2014 - 6:37 am

    Perhaps this is the reason the VV school board rejected the Heritage Peak Charter School a year ago... they already had their good-old-boy waiting in the wings. Too bad... Heritage Peak is first rate and goes through high school. I guess good-old-boys are better than what's good for the students.

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