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The leader of the International School of Columbus is reiterating his promise that the school will open for the fall semester Monday, nearly three weeks after originally planned.
Meanwhile, Ball State University, which holds the local school’s charter, is concerned about the school’s ability to give students the education they deserve during a shortened school year.
“We are working closely with the International School of Columbus to verify ... that it is prepared to successfully deliver the educational mission set out in its charter,” said Joan Todd, Ball State’s executive director of public relations, in an email to The Republic.
International School officials had intended to welcome students back for the new school year Aug. 1 but delayed the opening when they realized remodeling of its new location at 51 N. Brooks St. would not finish on time.
They decided to temporarily move back into the school’s old location in the Fashion Shop Center, 3136 N. National Road, and launch the school year Monday while workers continue to prepare the new site.
Jonah Sims, head of school for the International School of Columbus, said workers are about 80 percent done with repairs and upgrades. But he said the work that remains has proven tricky, including installation of a sprinkler system and piping in the walls.
He would not speculate when students and teachers could move to the new location — the former Ridge Church — that will nearly triple the old school’s space.
Regardless, he said he has no doubt the International School will begin its school year Monday.
He said Ball State audits are a fact of life for charter schools, and he has no reason to think that a new one will get in the way of his students and their education.
Sims said the International School will provide the same quality education it has always offered its students. He said the delayed start to the school year still will deliver 184 of the 188 school days originally scheduled, which still exceeds the 180 days required by the state.
He said the school will accomplish that by using snow days in the original schedule as makeup days.
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