Life School Still On Track, Director Says


Trouble with two Mesa Life School campuses will not affect the charter school's progress in Payson, said Patrick Tatum, director of the Payson branch.

The Life School Legend and Life School Benchmark campuses in Mesa have been closed due to building code violations.

"For all intents and purposes, we are separate entities," said Tatum, who is trying to start a Life School College Preparatory School in the Rim country.

Each of the seven Life School campuses files its own calendar and funding requests with the state, Tatum said.

Unable to open doors in August because of difficulty finding a facility, Tatum said he will file an amended calendar and an amended funding request when the Payson opening date is nearer.

Waiting for the right location has been important to Tatum.

"I don't want to run into the shortfalls the Mesa (campus) has," Tatum said. "Construction delays and problems are a normal part of business, but I don't want to carry that to the kids."

Tatum said he has "30 die-hards" that are patiently waiting for a campus in Payson. During the wait he has made himself available as a resource to those parents who have chosen to home-school until the charter school opens in Payson.

He said he has been using the public library to meet with nine students in fifth-, sixth- and seventh-grades for a math class.

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