STEM charter school approved in California county

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A charter school for high school students focusing primarily on science, technology, engineering and mathematics will open in 13 months, but the move is opposed by a number of local school district superintendents.

The Merced County Board of Education voted unanimously Monday afternoon to approve a petition creating the Merced Area STEM school. Organizers are hoping to open with 100 freshmen and sophomore students, adding juniors and seniors in succeeding years, with a target enrollment of 200 students in the 2018 school year. It will be run by the county schools office.

Scott Scambray, Merced Union High School District superintendent, said he didn’t think it was the position of the Merced County Office of Education to draw students away from local schools.

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