Many changes arose in Thursday’s meeting of the Board of Commissioners.
On Tuesday September 6th, Oakland Academy Charter School (OACS) held a community meeting at the Oakland Community Center. Oakland, which was closed by the Board of Education (BOE) in May 2011, plans to resurrect itself as a charter school. After the school closed, a small board of members petitioned to the BOE for a waiver for the charter school application deadline, so it did not have to wait and prolong the process. The BOE, however, denied the waiver. Shortly following the BOE’s decision, The Supreme Court ruled that local school districts have the sole authority to grant or deny the existence of charter schools. Previously, schools that wanted a charter designation could appeal to state charter school commissions for approval. (more…)
“Do not partition Gilmer County into two separate school systems,” this was one of the comments Isaac Lassiter intended to make in his presentation to the BOE regarding the request to waive the application deadline for the Oakland Academy Charter School. (more…)