State Charter School Board Votes to Close Kairos Academy

State Charter School Board

July 19, 2017

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Jennifer Lambert, State Charter School Board executive director

801-538-7676 ∙


State Charter School Board Votes to Close Kairos Academy

SALT LAKE CITY – Emphasizing the importance of positive student outcomes especially for underserved populations, the Utah State Charter School Board voted 4-2 today to terminate the charter of Kairos Academy of West Valley City.

“While no one questions the good intentions of those involved with Kairos Academy, our obligation as a board is to ensure the best possible outcomes for students,” said State Charter School Board Chair Kristin Elinkowski. “This was a hard decision, but we could not ignore the performance data. We must protect students’ interests first.”

State Charter School Board Members said they continued to have serious concerns over Kairos’ enrollment numbers, test scores, daily attendance, graduation rates, financial sustainability, and overall school performance.

Figures from the Utah State Board of Education show Kairos Academy, a grade 9-12 high school, ended the 2016-17 school year with 81 students, 28 of whom were seniors. Available data showed students were not performing at an achievement level consistent with the school’s mission and vision.

Utah State Charter School Director Jennifer Lambert said her office is prepared to help all Kairos students find schools for the 2017-18 school year. The Utah State Charter School Board is an independent charter authorizing board, tasked with effective oversight of charter schools.

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