PACE Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for July 13th at 6:00 PM.
The meeting will be held by Zoom (see agenda for link)
Last day of 2020/2021 school year is June 22nd
All work must be turned in by students by June 22nd, as well as any technology loaned to students.
PACE Career Academy Charter School to Close
Pace Career Academy, a public charter school with a campus in Pembroke, will close at the end of the academic year, the school announced Tuesday. Board Chairman Clint Hanson said the three-member Executive Committee, in consultation with board member representatives from SAU53 Administration and Pembroke Academy, made the decision. The five members constitute a majority of the full board. The decision will be discussed and ratified at a meeting of the full Board of
Trustees on Monday, June 7th . PACE was founded in 2011 and is the sole district
supported charter school in New Hampshire.
The Board chose to shutter the Pembroke campus due to increasing requirements in
staffing necessary to deliver the proper level of services to students and families. It was
also difficult to meet the challenges of fundraising to meet anticipated operating
shortfalls. These factors made it clear that the school was not financially viable going
PACE began as a Pembroke School District sponsored Charter High School in 2011
and was originally located in Allenstown. The school was established to offer an
alternative high school program for students from SAU 53. The school moved to its
current Pembroke location in 2018. The PACE board began considering closure at its
May 17 meeting. After reviewing alternative staffing models and corresponding
operating budget scenarios, it became apparent that the financial challenges could not
be overcome. According to Hanson, the choice to close became unavoidable and was a
“The decision to close is not a reflection of the resilience, dedication or commitment of
the students, families and staff at PACE, but rather a reflection of the financial realities
for charter schools in New Hampshire as a whole"; he said.
The state provides charter schools with $7,188 per student, with the individual schools
responsible for raising the remainder of their funds. Hanson said the state funding, even
with the additional funding received from SAU53 towns, is not sufficient to serve the
needs of the students who attend PACE. The school sought to provide an educational
environment that meets the needs of each individual student.
"At this time, in the current environment with funding as it is, we're unable to continue
operation"; he said.
PACE will be working with students and families along with their home school districts
on a case-by-case basis to help them transition as the school prepares to close.
Letter from the PACE Board of Trustees
Dear PACE Staff, Students, and Parents:
Effective February 26, 2021, Executive Director Jorge Santana will be on administrative leave until June 30, 2021, the end of the current school year. Mr. Santana will not be returning to PACE thereafter.
While we begin the search for his replacement, Ms. Jennifer Cipolla will be filling in as the Interim Executive Director.
As always, our goal is to provide the best education we can for PACE students and a positive work environment for the employees.
Clinton A. Hanson, Jr., Chair, Board of Trustees
Changing the World
Since 2011, PACE Career Academy Charter School has been providing students with a rich and diverse learning environment that pairs each students' individual interests with their learning. Our unparalleled teaching methods help to launch students into the successful future that is right for them. We always encourage both staff and students to grow, learn, and create, each and every day.
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PACE Core Values
As PACErs we will strive for growth and safety in our school and community by having an open mind, being respectful and taking ownership of our actions and learning.
As PACErs we will have an open mind demonstrated by
Allowing all a chance to contribute
Actively listening to one another
Asking clarifying questions
Giving a safe space for all to have a voice
As PACErs we will be respectful of others and ourselves through
Assuming the best intentions
Putting yourself in other people’s shoes
Using kind words
Using spaces and materials responsibly
As PACErs we will take ownership of our actions, learning, and responsibilities by
Arriving to class on time
Being proactive to ask for help and missed work
Knowing and attempting to meet expectations
Admitting mistakes when expectations aren't met
Setting and striving to reach individual goals
"Big results require big ambitions"
June 8, 2018