This is a disturbing on several levels. First and foremost, the three new board members campaigned on expanding the options for students, yet here they are LIMITING the options. By cancelling the STEM program at Deer Creek, they are preventing interested middle school students from exploring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) subjects. Why would they do this? One clue may be in the December meeting, where Ken Witt observed that the excess capacity at Deer Creek could also be used by a charter school.
If the STEM program was cancelled so that a charter school could be put in it’s place, then it appears that the new school board is wanting to shut down Choice within the existing public system in favor of opening charter schools instead. Replacing a STEM program with a charter school would deny a choice to our students, and deprive money and resources from Deer Creek.