Bethel denies HomeSource appeal, votes to terminate contract

EUGENE, Ore. - The Bethel School Board unanimously voted to uphold their decision to terminate HomeSource Family's Charter School's contract at Monday night's public hearing.

The decision comes after the district had already revoked the charter school's contract for budgetary concerns in August.

HomeSource appealed the termination, and it was denied Monday night for student performance reasons.

"HomeSource is significantly under performing the district in math, reading, and science in grades 3rd through 5th," said Colt Gill, Superintendent for Beth School District. "This is the 2nd consecutive year that the state assessment results have not met the contractual targets."

In response, officials with HomeSource Charter School argued that parents in the district are seeing student improvements outside of state assessment test scores.

"Despite the information that's being presented to you about our academic performance, over 150 families believe that their children are performing better academically than they would if they were enrolled in a traditional public school," said Ward Christman, Chair of HomeSource Charter School.

Shanna Blickle's son, Cameron, started attending HomeSource at the beginning of this school year.

Blickle said the small class room size has helped her son stay more focused.

"He has Asperger's and he doesn't have the social skills to cooperate with 40 kids in a math class," Blickle said. "If he was in the regular middle schools he would struggle immensely."

The Bethel School District's decision will now to go to the Oregon Department of Education.

HomeSource Family Charter School will remain open until further notice. Officials with the charter school said Monday night that they do plan to file a second appeal.