Grand Rapids school board approves new contract with Child Discovery Center

Grand Rapids school board approves new contract with Child Discovery Center

Grand Rapids school board on Monday approved a new three-year contract with the Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center - the area's only charter school authorized by the district.

The three-year district contract is retroactive to 1st of July, 2014, and scheduled to run through 30th of June, 2017. The earlier contract expired on 30th of June.

Sharron Pitts, assistant superintendent of human resources & general counsel for GRPS, announced in August she was working with the charter to bring the district contract into compliance with new Michigan law.

Announcing the new contract yesterday, Pitts said there were not numerous substantive changes. The changes made in the contract were based on recommendations from the state. For instance, the district created a new student achievement goal in accordance with state requirements. While the previous educational goal was to "improve achievement levels for all pupils," the new goal is to "Improve achievement levels for all groups of pupils, including subgroups."

The charter school will pay an oversight fee of 3 per cent of its state school aid payments to the district.

Located at 409 Lafayette Ave. SE, the Child Discovery Center has been authorized by the Grand Rapids Board of Education since 1999. The K-5 school that utilizes the Reggio Emilia approach to learning. Guided by 10 principles, the Reggio Emilia approach is a philosophy to teaching and learning for children.