Tuesday Feb 26 2008
Charter School Site Chosen
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
Loomis Basin Charter School will have "nature-like" setting
The Loomis Union School District has announced that empty land adjacent to Franklin Elementary School will be the location for the new Loomis Basin Charter School. We're excited the new school will be in a remarkable environment next to Franklin School, Charter School Director Cindy Uptain said of the oak studded-site. The district plans to keep the new facilities separate from the Franklin campus and will place portable classrooms in a location that is currently used as a student garden area. According to LUSD superintendent Paul Johnson, the school will have a nature-like setting and will utilize the new Franklin School Community Park for recreation. He also said the district would relocate the student garden. Johnson stated that it has been determined that the charter school will open in August with kindergarten through fourth grades. We expect to add a grade level every year until we reach eighth grade, he said. Johnson said that more than 150 applications for enrollment were received. Uptain is in the process of meeting with and interviewing prospective parents and students to explain the program and expectations. The charter school will be an International Baccalaureate School and will offer foreign language and promote critical thinking. For more information call the district at 652-1800.