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School board postpones New Technology High School charter renewal vote

A Sacramento New Technology High School student prepares for the California High School Exit Exam in 2006. Sacramento City Unified School District trustees delayed a vote Thursday on whether to renew the school’s charter.
A Sacramento New Technology High School student prepares for the California High School Exit Exam in 2006. Sacramento City Unified School District trustees delayed a vote Thursday on whether to renew the school’s charter. The Sacramento Bee file

Sacramento City Unified trustees delayed a decision Thursday night on whether to keep New Technology High School open after this school year.

District staff had recommended that trustees deny the charter school’s renewal, citing its financial insolvency and lack of student academic progress.

Trustee Darrel Woo, whose district includes the campus at 1400 Dickson St. near the Sacramento Executive Airport, asked colleagues at Thursday’s board meeting to delay their decision to April 20 to allow more time to study the renewal.

The district reported that the school has amassed a $650,000 deficit. And enrollment this school year fell to a record-low 187 students.

Woo previously has said he would look for ways to keep the school open.

“I don’t want any school to close, and I think the fiscal side looks like it is driving the staff to recommend closure,” Woo said earlier this week. “I’m scrambling to think of alternatives.”

The school opened in fall 2003 as one of several new charters funded in part by Carnegie and Gates Foundation grants. Its mission was to provide personal attention and innovative education approaches to a student body that could number 500 – a much smaller setting than at traditional high schools in the district.

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