BOE to vote on Oliver Elementary's charter request

Parents and administrators from E.W. Oliver Elementary School should find out tonight if the Clayton County Board of Education will grant their request to become the county's first conversion charter school.

A conversion charter school is an institution that starts out as a traditional public school, and later becomes a charter school. The school submitted its letter of intent to become a charter school to the Georgia Board of Education, and the Clayton County School System, on Aug. 10, 2006.

The charter petition has already been approved by the Clayton County Charter Review Committee, which looks at all charter school requests that are sent to the school system.

Clayton County's first charter School, Lewis Academy of Excellence, opened in 2005. E. W. Oliver Charter School would focus on teaching math and science to elementary-school-age children.

Children who live in the school's current enrollment boundary will automatically be assigned to the school. Their parents can request they be sent to another school, if they do want to see their children attending a charter school, said Janice Davis, assistant superintendent of elementary schools, during the Sept. 24 board of education work session. There will be 50 additional spots reserved for students from other parts of the county, if their parents want them enrolled at E.W. Oliver Charter School.

The Board will also vote on a contract between WORKTEC and the Atlanta Regional Commission; approve a new policy on fiscal management and purchasing, and select a legislative liaison for the school system.

The board will also vote on personnel recommendations for assistant principal, and lead administrator of the Success Academy, and the graduation coach for Mundy's Mill Middle School.

- Curt Yeomans