Differing opinions for the future of Olney West

At the School Reform Commission meeting today, members of the Olney West school advisory council will present the board their recommendations on what model they'd like their school to become under the district's Renaissance Schools plan.

The schools is slated to be converted into a charter.

As a Renaissance Match Charter, the school's council went through an intensive provider research process to identify the best charter provider for their school, according to council members.

"We found that we are most confident in the capacity of the current Olney West administration to turn around the school under the Innovation Promise model," they said in a statement.

Meanwhile, they noted, the district stands to lose the $6.27 million Department of Labor grant to Olney West High School if it becomes a charter school.

"Community voice and decision making power are critical to the integrity of the Renaissance process."

At today's SRC meeting, Associate Superintendent Diane Castelbuono will present to the board the district's recommendations for Renaissance Schools matches.