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Montgomery Considering Charter Schools
Wednesday, 20 February 2013

February 20--  The Montgomery County school system is considering a move to charter schools.

At its February meeting Monday night, Louis Erste from the Georgia Department of Education briefed the county school board on options that could give the school system more flexibility under state regulations and provide financial assistance.

Erste says a charter school system option would provide the Montgomery County school system $1.5 million to help it implement plans spelled out in the charter.

"That's real money, especially in tough financial times.  We make it our job to put all the cards on the table, but it's up to them to decide.  In some cases it just makes sense," Erste said.

County School Superintendent Randy Rodgers believes the charter school system is the way to go and hopes it can get board approval and be implemented starting in fiscal year 2014.

All schools in Georgia have a June, 2015 deadline to decide on any changes to their mode of operation.  Because the Montgomery County school board is beginning strategic planning now, Erste says it is in a good position to get a head start.

"At the leadership level, once they realized this was before them, they asked me to come in, so I'm impressed," Erste noted.

Meanwhile, the school board was informed that Montgomery County High School principal Dr. Henry Walding is asking that his contract for next year not be renewed.  The contract for his assistant principal, Eric McDonald, was renewed.

The board also renewed the contract for elementary school principal Brittany Deen and hired Jeff Davis High School teacher Melanie McLemore to be the new assistant principal at the elementary school to succeed Ginger White.

It also hired Brenda Braddy, former bookkeeper at Montgomery County Bank, to keep books at the middle/high school.

Contracts were also renewed for central office employees Karen Poole, Audrey Walters and Luverne Mobley.

The school board also approved measures to install new locks and security systems where needed in the school system.



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