The Elbert County Board of Education met in a work session on Monday, May 13, 2013. As the 2012-2013 school year comes to an end the board will not cease to constantly plan for the future.
The Elbert Board of Education is considering applying to be a Charter System Application. Not to be confused with a Charter School.
Here is Dr. Sherrie Gibney-Sherman the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction at Madison County explains how a Charter System works.
“Right now you have the local board of education and state board of education and you operate your schools under all the rules that are up there from the state”, said Gibney-Sherman. “If you become a charter system you’re saying look some of these rules don’t work for us, we want what they call broad flexibility.”
The petition, if approved by the State Board of Education, will be an agreement between the two Boards and will allow Elbert County to focus more on the needs of the schools. However, the state does draw the line on rules including all standardized tests.