CHARTER SCHOOL: Director Resigns Position

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Parents and teachers who called for the head of the Des Moines Charter School to step down are getting their wish.

The Des Moines School District sent out a press release Thursday saying Dr. Nina Rasmusson has tendered her resignation, effective June 30th. Rasmusson had been under fire for missteps during the first year of operation for the charter school.

Fifty-three school laptops valued at $27,000 were not returned to the school by students and the school says it didn’t keep track of who had the laptops. Some of the laptops were recovered after the school involved the police.

Teachers and parents complained that Rasmusson hadn’t developed a student handbook, wasn’t attending parent conferences, and hadn’t put in place a discipline policy. In March, an advisory council for the charter school admitted a way to track student achievement hadn’t been developed either.

Des Moines School Board chair Teree Caldwell-Johnson issued this statement Thursday, “On behalf of the Board, I want to thank Dr. Rasmusson for her service as the charter school’s first director and wish her the best in the future.”

Three school board members have been tapped to develop recommendations about the how the charter school will be run in the future.