Monday, December 17, 2012
The Fulton County Board of Education considers the possible end of the school's charter.
Fulton Science Academy High School will have its hearing on the possible termination of its charter on Tuesday, Dec. 18. The hearing will be 10 a.m. at the school system’s Administrative Center, located at 786 Cleveland Avenue SW in Atlanta. On Dec. 4, Superintendent of Schools Robert Avossa delivered an audit report to the school board at their work session. Based on the audit report, Avossa said he would recommend terminating the public charter school's contract,. That would close the school at the end of the current school year. A week later, on Dec. 11. the school board voted to pursue terminating the Fulton Science Academy High charter. The school's governing board was offered the opportunity of a hearing on Dec. 18. On Thursday, …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The public charter school's own board can request a hearing to be held Dec. 18, but the ultimate decision on the charter rests with the Georgia Department of Education.
CORRECTION: Through an editor's error, the original headline on this article named the school incorrectly. Fulton Science Academy High is the charter school affected, as the story stated. The Fulton County Board of Education today, Dec. 11, approved a recommendation to start the process to close Fulton Science Academy High School at the end of the school year. Superintendent Robert Avossa first made the recommendation to terminate the school's charter at a school board work session on Dec. 4. Avossa based his recommendation on what staff reports call "a history of insufficient governance capacity and poor decision-making on the part of the school’s governance board." An independent audit released to the school board on Dec. 4 was said to …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The charter middle school's board of governors took issue with the school system's report.
CORRECTION: A reference to Fulton County on immigration services was reversed, and has been corrected in the copy below. Fulton Science Academy Middle School effectively won't exist after Saturday, when its charter with the Fulton County School System expires. But its board of governors responded today, June 28, to an audit report's findings with its own investigative report. GlassRatner, a national specialty advisory services firm headquartered in Atlanta, performed an investigation into the audit report written by IAG Forensics, and it took issue with much of the report. "Many of the alleged findings in the IAG Report are flawed, unsupported and inaccurate and the IAG Report failed to make factual findings based on actual data and …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The District 1 seat that represents most of Roswell and parts of Alpharetta has two candidates, while District 4 in South Fulton has four qualifiers.
Three non-partisan seats on the Fulton County Board of Education are up for election this summer, but only one is in North Fulton. Linda G. Shultz, the incumbent in District 1, will face a challenge by Robert Goodman. Schultz, a website consultant, qualified for the election on May 23, with Goodman, a retiree, filing a day later. District 1 Linda G. Schultz of Roswell, incumbent Robert Goodman of Roswell District 3 Gail Dean of Sandy Springs, incumbent District 4 Linda Bryant of Atlanta, incumbent Retina Burton of Atlanta Anna Croley of Fairburn Paula J. Ward of Atlanta
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
UPDATED: The school may close for at least a year if it can't get a state charter.
Fulton Science Academy Middle School's governing board wants the Fulton Board of Education to reconsider its charter renewal request with revisions. These changes the governing board said it was making as a compromise never made it to the school system in time for the Dec. 20 meeting, during which the charter renewal was denied. Susan Hale, spokesperson for the Fulton County School System, said staff worked more than a year on the charter application with Fulton Science Academy Middle School. The Fulton School Board voted on Dec. 20 on "more than an issue that was two weeks old," she said. "It's main consideration was the fact that we could not reach an agreement with the length of the charter," Hale said. The superintendent's office …
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
By unanimous vote, the Fulton County School Board has killed a request from Fulton Science Academy Middle School to continue to operate for another ten years.
By unanimous vote, the Fulton County School Board has killed a request from the charter Fulton Science Academy Middle School to continue to operate for another ten years. "We're not going to stop," said disappointed FSA parent Lauri Crowe Kowalski after the hour-long meeting and minute-long vote, "but it's a big bump." 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 …