Originally created 12/02/05

Jenkins-White Elementary School charter delayed

The search for state approval of the Jenkins-White Elementary School charter application took yet another turn Wednesday.

Pat Burau, Richmond County schools' assistant superintendent for school improvement and program development, said she received a call from the Georgia Department of Education requesting answers to another 30 questions before the state school board will consider approving the charter.

Richmond County submitted the original application in the spring, revised the petition, amended the petition, answered questions about the petition and is now answering more questions, Mrs. Burau said. The answers, though, will cite the submission in which the answers can be found to show that they were submitted previously.

The new questions dash the hopes of approval during the December state board meeting. Local school officials now hope the board will consider the application in January.

Last month, local school officials showed their frustrations, venting during the November meeting of the Richmond County school board.

"I'm sure there are some folks who say why are we bothering, but I think it's worth it," Mrs. Burau said. "I think the parents are happy with what's happening at the school and are supportive of us."

She said state education officials told her the state school board has never demanded such "specificity" from any other school's charter application, expressing confusion as to why they would now.

"The state department is confused, too," Mrs. Burau said.

Reach Greg Gelpi at (706) 828-3851 or greg.gelpi@augustachronicle.com.

What's Next

Richmond County school officials must submit answers to another 30 questions in hopes that the application can be considered during the January meeting of the Georgia Board of Education.


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