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By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes

Another charter school may be on its way for the Salem-Keizer School District.

The district now has four, one in Keizer, all with long waiting lists, and a group of district residents is preparing to apply to start Capital Preparatory Charter School.

Public charter schools operate under school districts, offering more flexible programs than other public schools in order to help students who need individual attention in various ways.

The district’s current charter schools include OLE (Optimal Learning Environment), which is within Forest Ridge Elementary School. The charter schools in Salem are Valley Inquiry Elementary School and Jane Goodall and Howard Street middle schools.

A Keizer couple, Scott and Celeste Guptill, are leading the effort to add a charter school in the Salem-Keizer district. The board approved the move for first reading and is expected to vote on it in February. Ken Parshall, assistant superintendent, said that the application would be submitted to the state Board of Education and that no location had been chosen for the school.