Two years after opening with a core group of 50 students Credo High has now just reached 100 students, significantly below their projections. That has left the Waldorf-styled charter school struggling to remain open, after surviving cash flow problems so severe they weren’t able to meet payroll six times last year. But there’s still hope, as Bruce Robinson reports.
Although the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District’s Board of Directors voted to take the next step toward rescinding the Credo High School charter this week, Superintendent Robert Hayley says that procedural move actually bought the school some additional time to get their fiscal house in order.
The board could have ordered a public hearing as the next step toward forcing the charter high school to close, but delayed any such action for 45 days, the maximum allowable interval. Credo School Director Chip Romer took that as a positive sign.
The long-term viability of Credo High relies on boosting enrollment, something that Board Chair Maria Martinez admits is more difficult with all the controversy that has been swirling around the school and its future.