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Board exploring biotech school

November 20, 2003

A proposed charter school would bring a focus on biotechnology to Eudora students, but first the plan must be adopted by the USD 491 Board of Education, which will meet Friday afternoon to discuss the project.
Because a biotechnology charter school would be financed through federal grants distributed through the state, the plan would also have to be approved by the Kansas Department of Education.
In essence, charter schools are separate from regular schools. However, they are not always in a separate facility and can sometimes be a "school within a school."
"It's a different way of teaching," said Superintendent Marty Kobza. "It's a new approach outside the traditional realm."
He said the Eudora district would be able to establish the school as it wished understanding any plans would be subject to state approval. Because the charter schools are financed differently than the rest of the district, which relies on local option budgets and per-student allocations from the state, a charter school could open its doors to students outside the district, Kobza said.
"It's an attempt to do something different and to enhance our program," Kobza said.
And with the push to expand life sciences research in the area, the emphasis on biotechnology isn't a coincidence.
"When you're talking about the K-10 Corridor and the Kansas City metro area, the jobs and career opportunities students...could have with this program would be advantageous."

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