It’s been more than a month since New Leadership Charter School announced it was closing at the end of the school year. But parents aren’t giving up the ship just yet.
“If we don’t fight for our kids as parents, who’s going to fight for them?” asked New Leadership School parent Walter James.
Just this week, parents took that fight to Springfield public schools, presenting the district with an 18 page prospectus for the conversion of New Leadership from a Charter to an Innovation school.
Springfield Public School Superintendent Daniel Warwick confirmed he received the paperwork, though he hasn’t looked at it just yet. Still, New Leadership Principal Trevor Christopher is optimistic.
“I believe that what we would like to see come out of this as the parents have been saying is for this school to be transitioned into a school that will continue with the leadership process that we have begun,” said Christopher.
The distinction from Charter to Innovation school is subtle. Both operate with increased autonomy within areas including curriculum and budget… but whereas a Charter is overseen by the state… an Innovation school is under the school district – in this case Springfield.
“The superintendent and his committee has to take a look at it because it was presented but his task is a difficult task and he has to balance all of that and I believe that he is going to make the right decision,” said Christopher.
That right decision for New Leadership parents would be a new future for their school.
Those parents are meeting with Superintendent Warwick on March 12, the budget and finance committee on the 13th, and will be packing the school committee meeting on the 14th.