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River School Board of Directors Votes to Waive Charter School Status
Posted 4/30/19



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The River Charter Board School of Directors last night unanimously voted to change their operating status from charter to non-charter school, effective July 1, 2019. Since 1995, River School has operated as a charter within the Napa Valley Unified School District. While the school has always operated within the district, this shift to becoming a traditional district school will provide even more district resources and stability for the school, while allowing it to adhere to its unique school program model, vision and values.

“This is an operational change that will allow us to focus our resources and efforts to continue to strengthen our implicit curriculum, which focuses on developing students with unique and powerful voices who also gain a strong sense of self and community,” said Peter Hartnack, Principal of River School. “After careful consideration, the River School Board of Directors has determined that the best way to realize our vision is to eliminate financial uncertainty by partnering closely with the district to plan for an exciting, stable future for our students, with additional resources including our long planned new campus facility on Salvador Avenue,” Hartnack continued.

The district has committed to long-term support of River’s unique curriculum and the school will have access to resources such as additional counseling services and new technology to support teaching and learning in the classroom for the upcoming school year, equivalent to other district middle schools. Additionally, River will remain an open choice enrollment option through the 2019-20 school year, and will engage in discussions with current school leadership to discuss enrollment processes beyond next year.

“I am continually impressed by the dedicated and passionate educators at River, whose students thrive academically, and practice how to be positive members of their school and larger community,” said Dr. Rosanna Mucetti,” Superintendent, NVUSD. “The district welcomes the opportunity to support and learn from this community as we work together to transition River’s operational model to align with our other district middle schools while supporting the mission and vision of their current program.”