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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Dixon Rebranded

A.A. Dixon Charter School gave a presentation to the school board this morning, updating their progress as the upcoming year approaches.  The school has fired their entire staff and re-constituted the faculty; 4 of the previous teachers were re-hired based largely upon learning gains those teachers produced in their students.  The media center has been completed and volunteers have been instrumental in making that happen.  Rev. LuTimothy May has resigned as board chair and has assumed the position of Executive Director of the school.  Upon inquiry, May responded that he believed the Executive Director position will be a paid position.  The School has re-branded themselves;  Dixon Charter School of Excellence no longer exists.  The new name is "Dixon School of the Arts".  A trio of retired educators will be teaming up in the principal role, and a new emphasis on arts will be implemented.  Because Dixon is a double "F" School, they will be required to submit a waiver request to the State Board of Education and this waiver must be granted or else the school will close.  The school's finances have been audited according to Dixon staff, and that audit will be provided to the district next week.

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