The Fulton County School Board decided unanimously last night to reject the charter renewal application of Fulton Science Academy Middle School. The vote could force the Blue Ribbon winning school to shut it’s doors at the end of the schools year unless a compromise is reached.
The Alpharetta school wants a charter renewal for at least eight years, but schools Superintendent Robert Avossa recommended only three. He said FSA needs to synch its charter cycle with Fulton Science Academy High School and Fulton Sunshine Academy because the three are issuing a $19 million building bond together.
That alignment is necessary for responsible financial oversight and stewardship of Fulton taxpayer money, he said.
Fulton Science Academy Middle School had asked for a ten year charter renewal but had offered an eight year renewal as a compromise.
According to a document distributed by FSA, the longer charter term was needed to provide stability at the school.
Lasting stability will allow FSA to apply the long-term planning that is needed to for the implementation of some major educational programs and learning strategies that will be extremely beneficial in enhancing the education of our students as well as for the future development of our school. Examples of this are: College Readiness Program, Technology Enriched Instruction Curriculum Development, and Teacher Retention Program.
“Save Fulton Science Academy” has details of interactions between Fulton County Schools and Fulton Science Academy leading up to last night’s vote.
Fulton Science Academy was one of nine Georgia schools (and the only Charter school in Georgia) to be named a 2011 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.