School Board Extends Middleburg Charter’s Contract

Middleburg Community Charter School got the green light to continue operations for another three to five years.

The School Board voted unanimously last night to renew the charter school’s application. The school opened in 2014 on a three-year contract. This go around, its board of directors requested a five-year contact that provides flexibility for it to one day expand to a middle school and enroll as many as 150 students.

The School Board agreed to extend the contract to five years, provided that the school meets accreditation standards this year. The testing for that is underway this spring and the test results will be released this summer. Board members also OK’d the request to increase the school’s maximum enrollment to 150 students, but they asked that the charter school’s board of directors submit its request to serve sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students as a supplemental proposal, separate from the new contract.

[See the full contract here.]

Joy Maloney (Broad Run), one of two School Board members who raised questions about the benefits of Loudoun County operating a charter school, said she spoke with several MCCS families who have had great experiences there.

“It sounds like they’re on the right track at this point,” she said.

Tom Marshall (Leesburg), who also raised concerns about the school, told his colleagues that he would ultimately support extending the contract but that he is fundamentally opposed to charter schools because they take money away from the rest of the county’s public schools.

Chairman Jeff Morse (Dulles) replied that MCCS is not pulling money from the other schools, saying, “It is a public school and it is enrolling Loudoun County Public Schools children.”

Ahead of the vote, the board heard from several happy parents who have children at the charter school, including Chris Manthos, who described himself as a lifetime Loudoun resident and a product of the county’s public school system.

“I know you take a lot of heat. Nobody’s ever satisfied with anything you do. But I’m here to tell you that you got this right,” he said. “My kids have been there since the very beginning, and they love it.”

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