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Charter school petition denied by district

Keith Bandy’s plan to open and operate a new charter school within the Merced Union High School District was thwarted Wednesday night when board members denied his petition to start TriTech Academy.

But it wasn’t the board’s 5-0 vote that did the thwarting — it was Bandy himself.

In a letter to the board dated Wednesday, the 69-year old Merced resident and former substitute teacher conceded to the expected denial of the charter school application. Instead, Bandy said in the letter he would use the report the district created denying his charter school application “as a guide in his future process,” said Attorney Scott Holbrook, hired by the district to review the charter petition.

Read the full story in Friday's Merced Sun-Star.