On Tuesday, during the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Board of Directors meeting, it was announced that SLLIS’ charter status is renewed.
Below is Steve Sanchez, SLLIS’ Board Chair, announcement letter. Here is a link to our charter renewal application and related appendices. We are very thankful for our strong community that has helped to make our charter renewal possible. This school year has been full of milestones, we look forward to more achievements in the coming weeks, months, and years.
SLLIS’ Charter Renewed
February 18, 2014
Congratulations to everyone in the SLLIS community! Today, the Missouri State Board of Education formally approved the St. Louis Language Immersion Schools’ charter renewal application for the next five years. The approval caps a year-‐‑long effort to draft and revise SLLIS’ new charter. As part of a formal contract between the SLLIS Board and our sponsor, the University of Missouri-‐‑St. Louis, the new charter will be our governing agreement through 2019.
The State Department of Education recommended that the State Board approve the application based on our successes thus far, and the indicators for increased success in the future. By their approval, the State Board recognized how far the SLLIS community has moved toward achieving our shared educational vision. We have much more to do to fully realize that vision – but today we give thanks for those who, in SLLIS’ first five years, have given so much of themselves for SLLIS’ students and the development of the organization as a whole.
So many people and organizations are responsible for the success of this effort. We’re especially proud of the work of SLLIS’ Charter Renewal Committee, a dedicated group of parents, staff and faculty who were involved in the drafting from the start of the process in January 2013. But everyone in the community has had a role in making SLLIS what it is today, and what it can be for the future. Each parent or family member, by supporting a SLLIS student, has been responsible for a part of our success. Each teacher, each staff member, each volunteer – you all have played critical parts in the SLLIS story, and therefore critical parts in our charter renewal initiative.
I also wish to recognize the efforts of Dr. Carole Basille, Dean of UMSL’s College of Education, and Bill Mendelsohn, UMSL’s Director of Charter Schools and Partnerships. UMSL’s support and guidance throughout this process was vital.
Finally, special thanks are in order for SLLIS President Rhonda Broussard, who shepherded the work of the Charter Renewal Committee and served as the most critical editor of her own work in the charter drafting process. This project consumed much of Rhonda’s time throughout the past year, and SLLIS could not have reached this milestone without her vision, commitment, and leadership.
On behalf of the SLLIS Board of Directors, I again offer to the entire SLLIS community our most heartfelt thanks for your commitment to SLLIS. Via two major accomplishments this year -‐ our charter’s renewal today, and the recent authorization of The French School and The Spanish School as International Baccalaureate World Schools -‐ that commitment has been recognized and appropriately rewarded.
Steven J. Sanchez Chair, Board of Directors