NEW BEDFORD — The Alma del Mar Board of Trustees voted to adopt and approve the memorandum of understanding on Monday evening, making the proposed neighborhood charter school one step closer to reality.
The New Bedford School Committee still has to vote on the MOU. A date for the vote has not been set, but it’s expected to happen this week.
The MOU was signed last week by New Bedford Superintendent Thomas Anderson, Mayor and School Committee Chairman Jon Mitchell, Alma del Mar Executive Director Will Gardner and Jeffrey Riley, commissioner of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Now that the Board of Trustees approved it, if the School Committee votes to ratify the MOU, Riley would look for the conveyance of the former Kempton School and approval of enabling legislation for New Bedford by early May for the second Alma del Mar campus to open in the fall.
Seven of the 10 Board of Trustees members attended the meeting and voted to adopt and approve the MOU with hardly any discussion. In addition, Lucile “Cile” Hicks joined the meeting remotely, so her vote didn’t count.