BOE To Talk Charter System At Meeting Tonight

The Stephens County Board of Education will discuss plans for moving forward with the school system’s Charter System application at a meeting tonight.

The community is invited to attend the meeting, which will begin at 6 p.m. at the school system’s administrative offices on Mize Road.

According to the meeting announcement, the purpose of the meeting is to meet with the community and outline plans for the charter system application process.

In January, the Stephens County Board of Education voted unanimously to approve and sign a letter of intent to send to the state Department of Education declaring that the school system would seek to pursue charter system status.

Stephens County School Superintendent Sherrie Whiten said that in a charter system, a local Board of Education reaches a contract with the state’s Department of Education about the operation of the school system. Whiten explained that in the contract, the school system will spell out what it wants to do differently in Stephens County for students in exchange for relaxation of state rules. In return, Whiten said the state spells out in the contract certain student achievement goals that have to be met.

Whiten said that the community will be involved in the creation of that contract through meetings and other opportunities for input.

Meanwhile, the Board of Education will hold an executive session meeting at 5:45 p.m., prior to tonight’s community meeting to discuss personnel.