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Tuesday, Feb 12 2013 11:23 AM

School board meets tonight

A discussion of where Abernathy Collegiate Charter School will be housed is on the agenda for tonight's meeting of the Board of Directors of Tehachapi Unified School District.

The open session of the meeting begins at 6 p.m. and will be held at the Claude L. Wells Education Center, 300 S. Robinson St., Tehachapi. The board will meet in closed session beginning at 5 p.m.

The closed session agenda apparently includes expulsion hearings for two Monroe High School students. Details are not included beyond recommended language for motions to be made by the board following consideration of the matters.

Other items on the agenda include discussion of the Sixth Grade Center at Jacobsen Middle School and acceptance of a donation of $2,710 from Libra Library Associates to the Tehachapi High and Monroe High libraries.

Sixth Grade Center and Abernathy

As reported on page three, the district held meetings at its three elementary schools last week concerning relocating sixth graders from the Sixth Grade Center on the Jacobsen Middle School campus to the main building on the campus.

Abernathy Collegiate Charter School was chartered by the board last year and plans to enroll students when the next school year begins in August. As part of the charter, the district is obligated to provide a place for the school to operate.

Although parents were told at the meetings last week that the possible move of sixth graders is not related to the need to house the Abernathy students, at a meeting of the Abernathy Board held Friday night, that board learned that it may be impossible for quarters it would prefer at either the Monroe or Wells sites to be made ready for students by August.

Not only is funding not available, but it might take too long for necessary renovations to be approved by the state school architect's office.

Whether the sixth graders will be moved -- and where Abernathy students might be housed -- may be before the board tonight.

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