Friday, August 24, 2012
After being rejected by the Parkland and Northwestern Lehigh School Districts, the proposed Circle of Seasons charter school wanted to occupy the former Penn State Campus in Fogelsville.
Charter school guru Phil Arnold told his supporters in an e-mail that he intends to appeal last week's denial of the Northwestern Lehigh School District to create a Waldorf-style charter school at the former Penn State Lehigh Valley campus in Fogelsville. The Parkland School District denied a similar request in February, citing the charter school would not meet state standards. Arnold told supporters in the e-mail that he will return to the Northwestern Lehigh School District and submit an amended resolution of the charter back to the district within a month's time. "This is a very smart plan and is one that will help us in the event we ever have to take our charter application to the Charter Appeals Board in Harrisburg in the coming …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
After being rejected by the Parkland School District, the proposed Circle of Seasons charter school wanted to occupy the former Penn State Campus in Fogelsville.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
The Northwestern Lehigh School board rejected a motion Wednesday that would have allowed the proposed Circle of Seasons charter school to open at the former Fogelsville campus of Penn State University, according to a report in the Morning Call. The Parkland School District denied a similar request in February, citing the charter school would not meet state standards. That is the exact reason the Northwestern Lehigh School Board denied the request, according to the Call's report. Afterwards, Arnold said he would be back and that 1,000 Waldorf-style schools are operating around the world. Arnold, a social worker who opened the Seven Generations Charter School in Emmaus, vowed to open a Waldorf-style charter school in the Lehigh Valley, …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
School board president says proposed Circle of Seasons Charter School would not meet state standards.
The Parkland School Board denied an application Tuesday night for Circle of Seasons, a proposed Waldorf-method charter school. Board members did not discuss the application prior to the vote, but the district issued a 65-page resolution in support of their decision. “I cannot ask the taxpayers to fund something that does not meet state standards,” school board President Jayne Bartlett said after the meeting. Bartlett said the proposal was “ambiguous” about the grade levels that the school would include, its curriculum wouldn’t meet state standards and its administrative staffing would be inadequate. She also said that proponents of the charter school had not pinned down a location yet for the school. Phil Arnold, who proposed the charter …
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 …
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Circle of Seasons would open in fall 2012, possibly in Fogelsville, if approved by the Parkland School Board.
Phil Arnold, who helped establish the Seven Generations Charter School in Emmaus, made his pitch Tuesday night for a new, Waldorf-method charter school to be opened within the Parkland School District next year, but possibly in Fogelsville instead of South Whitehall. Arnold said Circle of Seasons is in negotiations to buy the former Penn State building in Fogelsville, should the Parkland School Board approve its application, since the building would be move-in ready and allow for a fall 2012 opening. He said Circle of Seasons also would proceed with constructing or renovating a building at the Manito Equestrian Center in South Whitehall, where it would have a second location. Arnold told the board at a hearing Tuesday that it's always …
Friday, November 18, 2011
A public hearing on the proposed Waldorf Charter School in Parkland School District is set for Dec. 20.
Plans for a proposed "Circle of Seasons" Waldorf-method charter school in South Whitehall were submitted to the Parkland School District on Nov. 8 and a public hearing is set for Dec. 20. Phil Arnold, a social worker with Lehigh Valley Hospital’s Pediatric Center in Bethlehem and former administrator at Seven Generations Charter School in Emmaus, wants to establish and operate the school on the grounds of the 60-acre Manito Farm and Equestrian Center in South Whitehall Township. Arnold, who made the hearing date public in a release, was not immediately available for comment. District spokeswoman Nicole McGalla confirmed the hearing would be scheduled sometime in December. If adopted by the board, the charter school would be the first …