The Galloway Community Charter School has had its charter renewed for five more years, but will also remain on probation for another year.

The state Department of Education notified the school of its status in a letter Wednesday. The school was placed on probation in June 2013 as a result of below-average scores on state tests.

In its renewal letter, Evo Popoff, chief innovation officer at the Department of Education, said that even though academic improvement was minimal in 2012-13, the school submitted a strong remedial plan and has the capacity to improve. Department officials made numerous site visits and said the school has strong leadership the teachers had clear expectations of quality instruction, and students were engaged in learning.

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The letter said the probationary period must show not just effective implementation of the remedial plan, but also marked progress and growth on state tests. Test results from 2014 will be re-examined next year to determine the school’s future.

The renewal also included approval to expand enrollment at the school from 276 in 2014-15 to a maximum of 405 in grades K-8 in 2018-19. The charter renewal runs through June 30, 2019.

School founder and lead administrator Deborah Nataloni could not be reached for comment Wednesday evening. The K-8 school on Route 9 is currently in its 14th year of operation.

Fourteen charter schools statewide were up for renewal this year. Two were not renewed, and four, including Galloway, were renewed with probation. Two more in Newark remain on probation and no final decision has been made on their renewal.

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Senior copy editor for the Press of Atlantic City. Have worked as a reporter, copy editor and news editor with the paper since 1985. A graduate of the University of Delaware.

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