Parkland to Vote Tonight on Charter School Proposal
Circle of Seasons would open in Fogelsville or South Whitehall in fall 2012, if approved by the Parkland School Board.
The Parkland School Board is expected to vote tonight, Feb. 28, on whether to allow the Circle of Seasons charter school to open within the district's borders.
Phil Arnold, who helped establish the Seven Generations Charter School in Emmaus, made his pitch to the school board in December for a new, Waldorf-method charter school to be opened within the district.
At the hearing, district administrators extensively questioned Arnold, Waldorf teacher/consultant Eugene Schwartz and another representative about the proposed school's curriculum, finances, building and special education plans and academic calendar, among other items.
Arnold has said that he wants to launch in September 2012 with kindergarten, first and second grades, but that he would add additional grades in the future.
Should the district deny the application, Circles would be able to appeal the decision.