For Immediate Release
January 21, 2015
Contact: Barry Brown / Communications and Public Relations Officer
Direct: (831) 784-4245
Alternate: (831) 755-0301
Monterey County Board of Education Approves Charter Renewal of Millennium Charter High School The Monterey County Board of Education voted 6-0 Wednesday to approve renewal of the Millennium Charter High School for a period of five years, commencing on July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2020.
Millennium is a countywide charter high school that opened in August 2013, offering an innovative curriculum integrating traditional academic preparation with an emphasis on visual and performing arts, digital media technology and 21st century skills. The school currently serves students in grades 9-11 and intends to add a 12th grade in 2015-2016.
The school operates at two sites, with classrooms and performance space at Sherwood Hall in Salinas, and at the Monterey County Office of Education, where students have access to a digital media lab, TV studios and control rooms, and a radio/podcast studio.
In 2014, the California Department of Education named Millennium a model demonstration site for Career Technical Education (CTE) in the Arts, Media and Entertainment pathway. During a January 2014 visit, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, referred to Millennium as a “role model for the rest of California.”
"This is a great day for MCHS,” said Millennium Charter High School principal Peter Gray. “I'm grateful to County Superintendent Dr. Nancy Kotowski and the Monterey County Board of Education for their continued support and faith in Millennium Charter High School."
In granting its approval, the Board considered a number of factors, including the school’s academic performance, curriculum program and teaching models, plans and efforts to achieve a racial and ethnic balance reflective of the general population, budget and financial performance, employee health and welfare benefits, school policies and governance, and plans for serving Special Education students