Two charter schools oust top leader

The leader of two Bloomington charter schools has been fired from both.

Margaret Glasch led Seven Hills Classical Academy, a K-5 school, and Beacon Preparatory School, a grades 6-8 school located in the same facility.

Citing misconduct and failure to meet performance expectations, the Seven Hills school board fired Glasch last month. It said that allegations were made against her that included "inappropriate and unprofessional behavior." On Jan. 10, the Beacon Prep board voted 6-1 to also end her contract, effective Jan. 25.

"This makes me sick," Liz Ekholm, the president of the schools' parent/teacher group, said after the meeting. "It's sad. It's wrong. I'm shocked." Ekholm said she's baffled by the boards' moves and believes it was due to some teachers' dislike for Glasch.

"She built one of the strongest charter schools in the state," Ekholm said. "And all of a sudden, she's been fired from two schools. Where did this come from and why?"

No allegations were made at Beacon Prep and no investigation was conducted. Staff are at-will employees, lawyer Ann Goering told the board, so the board may terminate any employee without cause.

Kelly Gilliland was the only board member to oppose terminating Glasch's contract. "I strongly feel a miscarriage of justice happened tonight," she said tearfully after the meeting. Board Chair Meghan Butler declined to elaborate on the firing but said, "We have to do what is best for the school."


District approves superintendent contract

The Wayzata school board recently approved a new three-year contract for Superintendent Chace Anderson.

He'll receive a salary of $187,500 during the 2011-12 school year, $190,000 the following school year and $192,500 in 2013-2014. Anderson has led the 10,000-student district since July 2008.


Blessed Trinity hosts info sessions, tour

Blessed Trinity Catholic School in Richfield will host a tour for those interested in enrolling students in grades 3-7 at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and again on Feb. 3 at 6720 Nicollet Av. S.

Preschool and kindergarten informational sessions will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday at 7540 Penn Av. S.

To RSVP or for more information, call 612-866-6906.


Minnehaha Academy plans open house

Minnehaha Academy will hold an open house at its high school at 6:45 p.m. next Tuesday.

The Minneapolis school is located at 3100 West River Parkway. For more information, call 612-728-7756.


Benilde-St. Margaret's wins national award

Benilde - St. Margaret's School has won a national award for its Relay for Life event held last May.

The St. Louis Park school received the Nationwide Top 5 Youth award from the American Cancer Society for raising more than $102,000, finishing first in the country among schools of its size.