This is the third year parents and community activists have applied for a charter school in Columbus to serve students in mid-high and high school. This year’s application would have the school start with sixth graders.
Previously, Columbus Elementary served students in kindergarten through sixth grade, but the Deming School Board recently voted to begin bussing sixth graders to Deming to help alleviate overcrowding in the elementary.
The application for the Columbus Community School, as it is being called, says a number of parents have requested high school classes in Columbus so their students don’t have to be bussed to Deming.
Organizers want to use the Ben Archer Medical facility, Village of Columbus playground and pool, village community center and parts of the former Columbus Elementary school to deliver the mid-high and high school curriculum.
They also plan to locate portable classrooms on two acres of vacant land which could be home to the school’s permanent site.
Charter schools are public schools freed from some traditional educational requirements to help them offer innovative programs.
Deming has one charter high school – Cesar Chavez – which met for a period in the former City Drug building off Spruce Street and now meets in the former Martin Elementary School building off East First Street.