Rps VSBA Charter Presentation

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Presentation to Virginia school boards on effective charter school authorizing and oversight. Lessons learned from the School Board's experience authorizing a local elementary charter school.

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  • Rps VSBA Charter Presentation

    1. 1. Authorizing & Overseeing a Charter School One School Board’s Experience
    2. 2. Richmond Public Schools at a Glance <ul><li>Average School Size </li></ul><ul><li>Elementary </li></ul><ul><li>430 students </li></ul><ul><li>Middle </li></ul><ul><li>648 students </li></ul><ul><li>High </li></ul><ul><li>789 students </li></ul>
    3. 3. RPS at a glance Actual Projected
    4. 4. RPS School Board at a glance <ul><li>The RPS School Board is comprised of nine members elected by district </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2007 - 3 new members joined 6 returning for two-year term </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2009 - 5 new members joined 4 returning for four-year term </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2010 - 1 member replaced a member elected to House of Delegates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2012 – election of next body for four-year term </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Facilities: A very brief history <ul><li>RPS has undertaken a multi-million dollar construction project to make all of its facilities fully accessible </li></ul><ul><li>RPS has completed more than 100 ADA projects over the past two years </li></ul><ul><li>RPS has also closed several schools with high building capacity and high infrastructure (ADA) costs </li></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><li>After the closure of one school in 2006… </li></ul><ul><li>… a group of neighborhood volunteers sought to reopen the Patrick Henry elementary school building as a charter school of arts and sciences </li></ul>
    7. 7. The application review process
    8. 8. The Charter Agreement
    9. 9. Start-up and oversight
    10. 10. What to expect <ul><li>Time of administrative staff and board </li></ul><ul><li>Complexities </li></ul><ul><li>Costs & Funding </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Limited public awareness/broad assumptions </li></ul><ul><li>LOTS of media coverage </li></ul><ul><li>Diverse community interests </li></ul><ul><li>Communication/relationship-building </li></ul>
    11. 11. Lessons learned <ul><li>Communicate your district’s needs/challenges and current reforms </li></ul><ul><li>Clarify policies & procedures </li></ul><ul><li>Set expectations for community investment, operations, facility, funding needs </li></ul><ul><li>Do your homework – research best practices and quality charter schools </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure accountability </li></ul>

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