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Imagine continues to meet demands

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New board members seated as achievement report is presented.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 11:21 am
The board of Imagine Schools on Broadway continued working to meet Ball State University’s demands Monday night at the first board meeting not held at the North Wells Street location. The charter school board acknowledged the resignation of one board member and the arrival of his replacement and elected another member to the board.Ball State, which issues the school’s charter, placed Imagine MASTer Academy, 2000 N. Wells St., on probation earlier this year for unsatisfactory oversight. Ball State is requiring board members of both Fort Wayne Imagine schools to participate in training, submit a five-year strategic plan and revised bylaws, and replace members whose terms have expired, among other improvements to help correct any these issues.

Last month the schools began tackling the brunt of the mandates by removing three members from the MASTer Academy board, including school founder and board President Don Willis, because their terms had expired.

On Monday, Gil Perry, a member of Imagine Schools on Broadway, 2320 Broadway, said Joe Jordan resigned because of time constraints with his new job as executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Fort Wayne. The board acknowledged new member Mark Rosemond, who was elected at the previous meeting after Jordan recommended him. Brad Stiles, a local financial consultant, was also elected to the board. Stiles, Rosemond and other current board members, attended training March 7, as stipulated by Ball State.

The board also heard a presentation about student achievement and enrollment from Principal Ron DelaCuesta. He presented data showing strong student growth, but most average Northwest Evaluation Association test scores are still below NWEA standards. He attributed this to students transferring to the school grade levels behind their peers. Students in kindergarten and first grade who have been taught only a Imagine curriculum show greater improvements.

DelaCuesta also reported enrollment at the school stayed steady this year after he improved student transportation by buying another bus and adding three stops.

He said that last year the school was down about 100 students from the beginning of the year. At the beginning of this year, 399 students were enrolled, and 410 current attend. After open enrollment, the school has 384 signed up for next year and hopes to reach its goal of 500, said DelaCuesta. He said they are working toward this by sending postcards to families that may be looking to change schools, including Pleasant Center Elementary students. Fort Wayne Community Schools has suggested closing the school to save money after recent budget cuts.

The board also appointed Reemi Barua as school treasurer after audit recommendations and voted to submit the Broadway school’s draft of the five-year strategic plan.


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