Mold Puts Seven Gen Charter Evaluation on Hold
East Penn Superintendent of Schools Thomas L. Seidenberger tells the school board at Monday night’s meeting that the district’s evaluation of Seven Generations Charter School is on hold due to mold found in the Seven Gen building last week
Step two of a three-step process being used by East Penn administrators to evaluate the Seven Generations Charter School has been put on hold due to mold found in the Seven Generations building last week, according to the East Penn Superintendent of Schools.
Thomas L. Seidenberger reminded the East Penn Board of School Directors at Monday night’s board meeting that Seven Gen had submitted a letter to the district requesting a five-year extension of its charter. In deciding whether to grant the charter extension, the district will conduct a three-part evaluation of Seven Gen, similar to a Middle States evaluation, Seidenberger explained.
In mapping out the process, which he called “simple,” Seidenberger consulted with administrators from other districts. In the first step, he said, the district sent Seven Gen a list of documents it wanted to review. Step two, which was supposed to happen on Dec. 7, is a site visit. Step three is a follow up to the site visit, which includes additional document requests.
After the three-step process is completed, Seidenberger will come back to the board with a recommendation on the charter extension.
“Unfortunately that process has to be put on hold,” Seidenberger said, “because of the problem with their building and some of the documents that we have asked for are not available at this time.
“We have offered our condolences and we have offered to make our maintenance staff available to help to train their maintenance people. We will wait until we get the go ahead from them to begin the evaluation process. It’s still going on but it’s interrupted at this point in time,” he said.