Charter School, having successfully transitioned away from American Quality
Schools, is shifting its focus back to the goals and objectives it started
with when it was established in 2010.
“We want to get
back to what our vision was,” said School Board President Laurie Metz at
Wednesday’s board meeting.
Some of the
elements the school is hoping to revitalize are place-based learning and
sustainability, which will enhance students’ learning experiences through
The board added
mission focus as an item on its regular agenda. Principal Ernesto Martinez
said as part of the effort, four committees have been set up at the school.
which consist of Discovery staff and teachers, are Data and Curriculum,
Place-based Education Stewardship, Events and Policies and Professional
comments teachers have made about the professional development practices
which show hat more of them are having a greater role in the management of
Board member Linda
Simon said she’s also heard from staff and teachers their excitement about
self-management, as they feel “it’s a huge difference.”
Metz told the board
that construction of the new 16,000 sq. ft. additional building is moving
ahead of schedule and parts of the building may be ready to move into around
The building was
projected to be completed by the school’s winter break at the end of
“There are no major
glitches. (Board member) Bill (Schmuhl) got a tour. It’s exciting,” Metz
building is moving quickly, the school still has to come up with the
financing and a construction firm for the parking lot addition. As part of
the site plan for the building, the Town of Porter required the school put
in more parking spaces on the west side for the expansion.
Metz said lights
may also need to be installed if the area is too dark.
Martinez said there
is also a “natural dip” on the south side of the barn that could be smoothed
out so that lot drains properly.
The board will take
up further discussion about the parking lot next month. Meanwhile, the
Development Committee and the Parents Advisory Council are heading up
efforts to raise money for the expansion work.
Fall Fest at
PAC President and
School Board member Lisa Apato said Discovery’s Fall Festival will be
off-site this year and will be held on Sunday, Oct. 9 at Hawthorne Park in
Porter off Waverly Rd. The ticket sales and proceeds from the event
activities are given to the school for projects like the construction.
Being at Hawthorne
Park will make Discovery more visible to the community, Apato said. “Anybody
who would like to know more about the school can come to the event.”
to the board that enrollment for this year is up to 516 currently. That’s a
few more than anticipated for in the budget, but that’s a good thing, he
The state’s student
count for tuition support is coming up on Friday, Sept. 15.
New staff this year
have acclimated well to the school and the new phones are being installed,
Also in his report,
Martinez said the school is looking to do some landscaping improvements on
the overgrown areas and one business has come forward to do the work at an
Martinez said a
donation will be given to the Boys and Girls Club’s upcoming brick campaign
for the new Duneland location and another donation has been made to the
Duneland Boys and Girls Soccer Clubs. Discovery Charter School will appear
on the soccer programs as one of the supporters.