Grimmway Academy charter school in Arvin approved

Grimmway Academy charter school in Arvin approved »Play Video
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- A unanimous vote of 7-0 by the Kern County Board of Education ended contentious debate over a proposed charter school in Arvin.

The board approved a petition by Barbara Grimm-Marshall, co-owner of Grimmway Farms, to establish Grimmway Academy.

"We're thrilled, absolutely!" said Grimm-Marshall after the vote.

Grimm-Marshall, however, had to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Kern County Superintendent of Schools office stating certain conditions be met. Among them is a provision that states a binding contract between the Grimm Family Education Foundation and the charter school that guarantees full funding of any charter school budget shortfall for the the full term of the school's operation.

Kern County Superintendent of Schools Christine Frazier pointed out that state funding for charter schools would be reduced this year, leaving programs and items at Grimmway Academy vulnerable.

"Barbara Grimm-Marshall assured us that she would make up any deficit that was incurred in providing this charter to the community," said Frazier.

Grimmway Academy will be K-6. Students will be chosen through a lottery system, and Grimm-Marshall said the next step is to buy the land in Arvin to build the charter school.

Grimmway Academy is expected to open in August, said Grimm-Marshall.