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Vidalia Opts for Charter System
Tuesday, 13 August 2013

August 3-- The  Vidalia City School system is applying to the state for a "charter system of schools" which will give the system more flexibility in operations and a little more state funding.

All school boards in the state are being required to choose one of four options by June, 2015 ranging from status quo to what amounts to almost independent charter schools.

School Superintendent Dr. Garrett Wilcox says the Vidalia school board chose the more conservative approach which maintains the board's oversight of the schools in the system.

"It gives us some flexibility to get away from some of the state board rules and, hopefully, as long as the legislature continues to fund the charter systems, it's about $80 more dollars per year per student in the system," he said.

Will it work?

"Time will tell.  I think it's a plus that we'll have access to some form of new revenue.  Fortunately, we were able to add back two days to the calendar this year and that's two more days our students will have access to receiving a quality education that they've been deprived of for quite some time," Dr. Wilcox noted.

Dr. Wilcox estimates the school system will receive up to an additional $200,000 a year under the charter system and perhaps can save more money through local innovation while at the same time improving academics.

 
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