Stephens Co. School System Holding Charter System Meetings Today

September 30, 2013

Public meetings today will give people a chance to learn more about the Stephens County School System’s proposed charter school system application.

Those public meetings will be at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. today.

Both of the meetings will be at the Stephens County School System Administrative Offices on Mize Road.

According to Stephens County School Superintendent Sherrie Whiten, the meetings today will give people a chance to learn more about the charter system application and ask any questions they may have.

She said that the school system will have a PowerPoint presentation on the application, as well as draft copies.

Also, Whiten said the school system will take input from the public on the draft as it prepares the final charter system application that will go first to the Stephens County Board of Education and then to the State Board of Education.

The Stephens County Board of Education voted to pursue charter system status with the state in January.

Whiten said that in a charter school system, a local Board of Education reaches a contract with the state Board of Education about the operation of the school system.

Whiten said in that contract between the local board and the state board, a school system spells out what it wants to do differently for students in exchange for relaxation of state rules while in return, the state spells out the student achievement goals that the school system will be held accountable for.

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