June 24, 2013
MYNorthwest | Kim Shepard
Gig Harbor mom determined to open one of Washington’s first charter schools
Privately run, publicly funded schools will begin opening in our state in the fall of 2014, after Washington voters gave their approval to a charter school initiative last year.
Only eight will be authorized in the first year, but Calyn Holdaway is confident she’ll be one of the lucky few.
The mother from Gig Harbor recently toured an old private school in the Hilltop neighborhood of Tacoma. She thinks it would be the perfect spot for her nonprofit, The Ducere Group, to open one of our state’s first charter schools.
The retired school building has eight well maintained classrooms and is big enough for about 200 students. It has a gym, a library and even a working kitchen.