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STEAM did not secure a new sponsoring agency to provide oversight, so under Ohio law, the school had to close.
Wall said the Ohio Council of Community Schools is the sponsor of the new Montgomery Preparatory Academy charter school, which opens this fall on Smithville Road, just south of Watervliet in the Belmont neighborhood.
Wall said OCCS began the process of opening the new school before STEAM Academy nonrenewed its contract with the group. The new school will also serve grades K-8 but without the STEM-plus-arts model. ACCEL Schools of Ohio, which was the operator of STEAM, will also handle day-to-day operations of Montgomery Prep.
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“They have already hired staff, they’re conducting professional development training and enrolling kids. It’s well on its way,” Wall said.
OCCS for years worked hand-in-hand with charter school sponsor the University of Toledo, which was ranked in the top 25 percent of charter school sponsors in Ohio the past two rating cycles.
Other charter changes
Imagine Woodbury Academy in Harrison Twp., just off North Main Street north of Shiloh Springs Road, has merged to become part of its sister school, Imagine Klepinger, according to school officials. The Woodbury campus, which had served early kindergarten through fifth grade, will now serve early-K through second grade. Imagine Klepinger, just north of Siebenthaler Road, will serve grades K-8.
Richard Allen Schools switched sponsors, from the Ohio Department of Education, to St. Aloysius Orphanage, which has been rated as an "effective" sponsor each of the past two years. Richard Allen Superintendent Michelle Thomas said there will be no change in the three Richard Allen campuses (two in Dayton and one in Hamilton) and what grades they serve. This is Richard Allen Schools' 20th year in Dayton.