Thursday, August 20, 2015
Dear Alianza Families, Faculty, and Staff,
I regret to inform you that the Alianza Academy Board of Trustees has been forced to make the decision to close Alianza Academy.
Despite recent issues, Alianza’s enrollment had been well above the margin needed to support a fiscally responsible budget before the Utah State Charter School Board’s recent announcement of closure. The USCSB’s timing of its decision, and immediate Utah State Office of Education press release, coming as it did only six (6) days before the start of the school year, prevented Alianza from disputing the USCB’s decision in a public process prior to beginning of the school year. Information from the USOE, and its public offer to help Alianza’s students find other schools to attend, led to immediate student attrition that compelled Alianza’s board to determine that the only responsible action at this point was to close the school. The State of Utah has great need for charter schools that attempt to serve minority and low-income students who have unique educational needs. Alianza’s Board of Trustees had hoped that the USCSB would look past now resolved struggles and allow a newly restructured board and administration to attempt to fulfill the goals of this altruistic and benevolent charter.
Furthermore, tonight Alianza received notice that the State Superintendent has directed that the USOE withhold certain School Land Trust and Teacher Supplies and Materials Funds from Alianza while its status is undetermined “due to actions taken by the Utah State Charter School Board on August 13, 2015.” Given this and the student attrition, we simply cannot afford to continue to offer the high quality of education consistent with our charter and mission to our Alianza Academy students.
The school will operate through Friday, but we are requesting our families to please make immediate plans to register their Alianza students at an alternate school as soon as possible. Marian Florence, our registrar, will be accepting faxed records requests from schools and will expedite the transition to your new school.
We wish you the best, and are deeply sorry to have to make this announcement.
Alianza Board of Trustees
TO REGISTER YOUR STUDENT IN THE GRANITE SCHOOL DISTRICT, CONTACT THEIR OFFICE AT 385-646-5000.
- Contact the school and fill out registration paperwork.
- The new school will contact Marian Florence, our registrar, to request records by fax (801-953-1196).
- Marian will send records directly to the new school.
If you need copies of birth certificates or immunization records, contact Marian Florence (Registrar) at 801-953-1157 ext 0 or email@example.comPARA REGISTRAR SU ALUMNO EN EL GRANITO DISTRITO ESCOLAR, EN CONTACTO CON SU OFICINA EN 385-646-5000. PROCESO DE REGISTRO 1. Contactar a la escuela y llenar el papeleo registro. 2. La nueva escuela se pondrá en contacto Marian Florencia, nuestro registro, para solicitar registros por fax (801-953-1196). 3. Marian enviará registros directamente a la nueva escuela. Si necesita copias de certificados de nacimiento o registros de vacunación, póngase en contacto con Marian Florencia (Registrador) al 801-953-1157 ext 0 o firstname.lastname@example.org
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