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5:33 PM, May 30, 2012   |    comments
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The district wants approval from the school board to bring in West Denver Prep, a charter school program that has shown success.

North High School is a place that is changing and turning things around for students.

Superintendent Tom Boasberg wants to offer residents a new North while also bringing a charter high school - West Denver Prep - to share space on the North High School campus.

Michael Kiley says the district needs to partner with residents. He is a neighbor who helped create the group Choose North Now which has started a campaign to keep North High School's campus exclusive.

Over the past four weeks, Choose North Now has circulated an online petition against the move - which has 700 signatures and counting. He says the main concern against the idea is space. North needs more, he claims.

The superintendent says North can still grow by hundreds. Kiley has doubts if West Denver Prep is the right fit. West Denver Prep quickly became one of the best middle school programs in the state, taking many kids from low-income, Spanish-speaking families and increasing their academic success.

West Denver Prep founder Chris Gibbons says their model will work at North.

The public hearing will start at 5:30 p.m. at the CEC Middle College Campus in southwest Denver. The school board will vote on the proposal on June 21.

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