Meridian board to consider charter’s fate

When the Meridian School Board meets tonight, trustees will discuss the district’s 2013-14 budget — and also the fate of North Star Charter School, an Eagle K-12 school with 920 students and a $640,000 shortfall.

North Star is on firm financial footing for 2013-14, board chairman Jim Miller told the Idaho Statesman recently, after repaying some of its debts, securing access to reserve accounts and convincing bondholders to forgo $860,000 in payments. However, it’s up to the school board to consider North Star’s financial plan.

North Star opened in 2003; one of its founders is Reed DeMordaunt, an Eagle Republican who chairs the House Education Committee. North Star received four out of a possible five stars on the state’s new school rating system.

The meeting actually begins at 5:30 p.m., but with a closed executive session. The public session, including the budget public hearing and the North Star discussion, will begin at about 7 p.m., at Mountain View High School, 2000 S. Millenium Way.


Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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