MEDFORD, Ore. – Officials with Medford’s Kids Unlimited presented their plans to create a new charter school during a Medford School Board meeting Monday night.
Executive Director Tom Cole and several Kids Unlimited board members spoke to school board members during a public forum, asking them to approve the proposed “Vibes” charter school, which would operate out of the Kids Unlimited facility.
The proposed school would have more school days and longer school days than other schools in the Medford School District, and Kids Unlimited officials said it could provide direct, personalized support for low-income and vulnerable families.
Public comment was taken for nearly an hour at the board meeting. Several community members who spoke in support of the charter school said would provide extra assistance to at-risk children and families. Others voice concerns about how prepared its teachers would be, and how the school would impact federally-funded Title-I programs at several Medford schools.
The school board did not vote on the issue Monday, and said it would be up for a vote at an upcoming meeting.