An untested state law that allows small groups of parents and teachers to radically redefine the relationship between their schools and the elected guardians of taxpayer dollars will soon get its first hearing in DeKalb County.
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WHAT’S NEXT FOR CHARTER CLUSTER
The organizers of the Druid Hills Charter Cluster will officially present their petition to the DeKalb County School District on Friday, initiating a lengthy review process:
Interim Superintendent Michael Thurmond will have 60 days to assess the proposal and make any requests for changes.
The proposal, with any revisions, then goes to the school board, along with Thurmond’s recommendation. The nine-member board gets 30 days to consider it before voting.
If the board approves it, the petition then goes to the Georgia Department of Education for final review. The process does not allow for appeal if the DeKalb board denies the petition.
THE NEW LEADERSHIP
The Druid Hills Charter Cluster would be governed by a self-appointing body, unlike the county school board, whose members are typically elected.
The authors of the petition named seven initial board members: Matthew S. Lewis, Theresa Johnson-Bennett, Scott L. Bonder, Frederick “Fred” L. Daniels Jr., Kathleen Boyle Mathers, David G. Roberts and Robert B. Thorpe.
When each member’s term expires, the governing board will select a successor from a pool of nominees. The nominees will have been identified by appointees of school leadership teams at each of the seven schools in the cluster.
The school leadership teams will comprise members elected by parents or staff at each school plus others appointed by those elected members.