"This process has allowed for the voice of parents and guardians to be included and accounted for when we move forward with the very important work of improving our public schools," Superintendent William Hite said. He commended the school's principal and parents. "We will build upon the energy and dedication shown by the hundreds of individuals involved."
The district said it will meet with Steel's administrative team and SAC in the near future to discuss its plans moving forward.
A few hours before the district's announcement, Mastery announced that it had withdrawn from consideration, calling the Renaissance Charter process "deeply flawed."
"Mastery's mission is to build community by providing an outstanding education to students and families," the organization said in a statement. "The conflict engendered by the Renaissance process is antithetical to our values as an organization."
Kendra Brooks, a Steel parent and president of the SAC, said parents spoke with a clear voice during the vote. She said she intends to push for more funding to help the school, on Wayne Avenue near Rowan Street, improve academically.
"In the weeks ahead, we intend to meet with Dr. Hite and his leadership team to discuss adequate funding for our school. Steel will not remain underfunded another year," she said.
Steel and Munoz-Marin Elementary were chosen as part of the Renaissance Charter process - in its fifth year - which pairs struggling district schools with charter operators. This year for the first time, parents are allowed to vote on whether their school should be run by the district or the charter operator.
Parents at Munoz-Marin, on 3rd Street near Ontario, are set to vote June 5, with Aspira Inc. of Pennsylvania as the proposed charter operator.
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