School Board Part Two: Charter and Transfers

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Also Monday, Superintendent Goodloe-Johnson announced that the first community campaign on the future of peninsula schools will be on May 22, with a follow up meeting on May 31 if necessary. The first meeting will likely focus on the potential uses of the Rivers Middle School campus, abandoned when the students were enveloped in to the Burke High campus.

The board talked again about the potential use of Rivers Middle by the proposed Charter School for Math and Science. Particularly, allowing them to put trailers on the lot while the district repairs the school building. Board member Arthur Ravenel Jr. said he suspects the administration has been dragging its feet to put the school off until they run out of time to open in 2008.

“You have a disconnect between the authority assumed by the administration and the real power of the board,” he said.

Douglas said the charter school is asking for too much from the district.

“They have leaned on our staff month after month,” he said. “They’ve asked for everything in the world, yet they want to be in control.”

And Transfers

School board members also called for a study to determine who’s transferring from where over the last four years. The board instituted a liberal transfer policy for about four years. Board members Ruth Jordan and Hillery Douglas said last week that they were concerned the district was segregating schools by allowing white students to transfer out of schools with an influx of black students from low-performing schools.

“We want this to be looked at to determine what this policy is actually doing,” Douglas said. “Is it segregating our schools?”

Board member Brian Moody said the current policy is fine and no problem exists.

“Mark me down as moderately afraid,” Moody said.

P.S.: We'll post the McGinley news when we get it.

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