There is more to this school's story
Thank you for the article regarding Athenian Academy of Pasco. It was especially refreshing to read about our school that was not totally skewed to the negative. However, I do feel compelled, not to correct your statements, just to clarify some issues.
The district's claim that they only had enough data to extend our charter contract for one year is moot. Any data they required is readily available at the school for them to examine. They, as always, choose to overlook the obvious.
The School Board offers no guarantee that the contract will be renewed for the 2009-2010 school year. This only leaves parents with concerns and questions that are unnecessary. Perhaps you should have listed the criteria the district needs to shut a school down, none of which would remotely apply to Athenian Academy.
Superintendent Heather Fiorentino's comment that she supports charter schools and the role they play in the district school system is simply an untruth. Any citizen who has ever attended a district School Board meeting knows that not only does she dislike charter schools, but will go to great lengths to hurt them at whatever cost.
It is true that charter schools are funded by taxpayer dollars just like district schools. You fail to mention that not only do charter schools receive considerably less money per child per year, they also incur expenses that district does not take care of like they do in the public school system.
Anytime your paper writes about Athenian Academy, you always seem to mention the failure of other charter schools, (Language Academy and Deerwood Academy) for financial improprieties. You neglect to mention that there is one very large difference between Athenian Academy and those failed schools. Those schools managed their finances internally. Athenian Academy has employed a large, reputable, successful, nationwide management company, Leona Group Inc.
Patricia Morris, Hudson