VACAVILLE — If nothing else, there is plenty of support for opening a charter school in Vacaville to serve kindergartners through eighth-graders.
Supporters of the proposed Kairos Public School Vacaville Academy spoke to the Vacaville school board on Thursday during a public hearing on the charter school petition presented to the board last month.
Eight members of the public, including parents, administrators and board members of the prospective school spoke in favor of opening the new school as soon as next fall to act as a feeder school for Buckingham Charter High School.
School co-founder and former Buckingham principal Taryn Jones spoke to the board as an administrator and a parent.
“I’m hoping and planning to send my only child to Kairos,” Jones said.
Others pleaded for more choice in primary education in Vacaville, noting that families are turned away as enrollment closes for other charter schools, and many cannot afford private education for their children.
Buckingham graduate and youth advocate Jules Moore said Kairos would offer that choice.
“I needed an alternative,” he said, adding that Buckingham offered just that and that Kairos would do the same for younger children. “It needs to be an option.”
Another former Buckingham administrator, Jared Austin, said the proposed school would mirror what Buckingham has done for high school students.
“It will offer the freedom and flexibility for students to be innovative and teachers to be innovative in the classroom,” Austin said.
The board listened closely to all of the speakers, but took no action. The board has 60 days to approve or deny the petition from the date it was received, Sept. 16. That time expires Nov. 21.
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