The number of charter schools is growing and the Jefferson City School System is looking at joining that number.
Sherrie Gibney-Sherman, associate superintendent for instructional services with the Jefferson City School System, said, “We are in the very preliminary stages of exploring this possibility.”
The first step is to identify what the system wants to do differently, Gibney-Sherman said.
A charter school system is a local school district that operates under the conditions of a state-approved charter. Charter schools must attract students, because unlike traditional public schools they do not have students automatically assigned to them, according to the Georgia Department of Education website.
Gibney-Sherman said a workshop on charter schools is scheduled the first week in March and John Jackson, Jefferson City Schools Superintendent, board members and herself will be attending to gather more information.
The application to become a charter school is due in November, Gibney-Sherman said.
“Our number one goal is to serve the children and serve them the best we can,” Gibney-Sherman said.
The Jefferson group plans to travel to Warren County, a charter school system, to discuss the charter school transition, Gibney-Sherman added. Warren County’s charter system application was approved by the Georgia Board of Education in May of 2008.
Hall County has some individual schools that are charter schools and both Gainesville City and Decatur City school systems are charter schools, Gibney-Sherman said.
Another option is the IE2 Legislation, where you succeed from the state all together.
Gwinnett County just did just this, the state BOE just approved it.
If they fail at this they will be converted to a charter school.
Change can be good or bad.
I just hope we don't break something that's working?
My kids are getting an EXCELLENT middle school education and it scares me to rock this boat.
If we do this, I hope it's a positive thing for everyone.
I will withhold judgment until I can research this more.
Though I REALLY wish we could add Mandarin language to our school the way the Gainesville Charter school does.
The language is a big future need, business wise, for some of our children.
i agree. i am concerned also about this. i have heard some good and some bad things about charter schools. i guess we will have to wait and see. i hope they give the public a chance to see the details in writing and i hope we get to vote on this too. it is only fair we are the parents of these children.
At Last! Charter schools can offer things that public schools are inhibited in doing. Charter schools lend themselves to the betterment of a child's education. There is more creativity involved at charter schools. Who wouldn't want their child at an institution that so positively effects them?