At Tuesday’s Saugus Union School District board meeting, the members will vote on whether or not to approve the Albert Einstein Academy for Letters, Arts and Sciences’ elementary charter school submission.
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Last year, the Einstein Academy opened a junior high and school within the Wm. S. Hart Union School District. The school, located on Kelly Johnson Parkway, contains 225 students.
The academy has sought approval for its elementary charter since October, with school officials citing lack of expertise and an inadaptable curriculum as reason for their rejection.
Proponents of the Einstein Academy believe the school has been misrepresented, with the districts focusing on a perceived religious affiliation.
“It’s not a religious school. That’s the big hang-up here,” said Robin Heinz Bratslavsky, the parent petitioner on the charter for the Saugus District. “The fact that they are pointing out the religion of people who are involved in a charter is inappropriate. It’s not a religious school. If it was, it’d be a private school.”
Several parents in support of the school are expected to attend Tuesday’s meeting.
“We’ll be looking for the academy to meet certain standards set by the other schools in our district,” said Saugus District board member Judy Umeck. “We also need to see how this impacts the district as a whole.”
The meeting takes place at 7 p.m. at the district office on Avenue Stanford.