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Oklahoma City School Board renews two charter schools

BY MEGAN ROLLAND Published: April 6, 2010
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Three-year contract extensions were approved for two Oklahoma City charter schools that school board members remarked have shown impressive test scores despite serving an impoverished demographic.

"The accomplishments of Dove (Science Academy) are extraordinary,” board member Phil Horning said.

The School Board approved the contract for both the Dove elementary and high schools unanimously after Superintendent Kaan Camuz presented statistics showing students outscoring state averages despite high minority and low-income student populations.

"We attempt to visit all of our students in a home setting,” Camuz said, noting that of 375 elementary students and 475 high schoolers, approximately 90 percent have home visits.

Board members also unanimously approved a three-year contract renewal for Santa Fe South Charter middle and high schools, which has an 80 percent graduation rate despite 95 percent of students qualifying for free and reduced lunches.

Principal Chris Brewster said one unique feature of his school is the emphasis on foreign language studies for a school where most students enter fluent in Spanish.

"They walk in the door speaking two languages, and we want to nourish that,” Brewster said.

Food contract renewed
The board also approved a contract with Sodexo, the company that manages the district’s food services for $1.35 million, and a contract with Chartwells for the food and menu development.