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Eureka District not pursuing charter status

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By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Some parents in the Eureka Union School District might be wondering about an item that appeared on the April 17 school board agenda regarding transitioning to a charter district.

That's nothing for parents to be concerned about at this point, as the district is not presently pursuing that option, said Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Heidi Williams.

"The topic was addressed as an information/discussion item and there are not plans to make any changes at this time," Williams said.

Board President Kristie Greiss said the district wants to be informed regarding the advantages and disadvantages that certain options would have on the district, which serves students in Granite Bay and eastern parts of Roseville.

"We seem to have these discussions just about each year to see how they play into our current situation," Greiss said.

To convert all campuses to charter schools, a district must obtain signatures on a charter petition from at least 50 percent of their teachers. A district must also develop an alternative public school attendance arrangement for students residing within the district who choose not to attend charter schools.

The petition would require review by the Advisory Commission on Charter Schools and approval by the California State Board of Education.

Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at SenaC_RsvPT.