After a great deal of consideration and ample time for reflection the Summit Board of Directors has unanimously agreed to continue exploring all options for launching Summit Academy, through the remainder of the school year.
Due to a lack of viable facilities options and some uncertainty around operational funding the project was put on hold in late August. Since then, there has been a positive development with regard to potential funding sources. The state of Colorado has been awarded a competitive federal charter school grant. Summit Academy would be eligible to apply for one million dollars of state funding over a four year start-up period, a critical revenue stream for Summit Academy.
The Summit Board has had an opportunity to revisit the purpose of Summit Academy. We remain steadfast in our belief that the Boulder community needs a new, innovative charter high school where each student’s passion unlocks new possibilities for the future, and where the successes of our middle school program can be extended to high school.
In order to continue the pursuit of Summit Academy, we have arranged with BVSD to extend our charter application to June of 2019. Our next steps will include hiring a Summit Academy Founding Director to oversee the coming phases of development and the hopeful launch of the new school. Dedicating a full-time Director to focus on Summit Academy will ensure our Middle School leaders and staff are valued as essential partners, and not burdened by the Summit Academy development. The Director position is now posted on our website and we expect to have it filled soon. We will also begin alumni outreach efforts to enhance start-up funding for this project. Please note, all Summit Middle School fundraising is done exclusively with current Summit parents, not with alumni families. Therefore, we do not expect any impact on our middle school fundraising efforts.
Summit Middle School continues to be our top priority. At the same time, we realize we have an extraordinary opportunity to help re-envision high school, not only for Summit students, but for the greater community. We are excited about the next phase of this journey and look forward to updating you on future successes.
We will relaunch stakeholder engagement and communication efforts after the holiday break. If you have questions in the interim, please contact any member of our Summit Academy Committee: Adam Galvin (firstname.lastname@example.org), Kevin Hall (email@example.com), Debbie Stewart (firstname.lastname@example.org), Nina Lopez (email@example.com)
The Summit Board of Directors