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|Community information meetings set for Franklin Charter School|
To all parents and concerned citizens, there will be a community information meeting for the Franklin Parish Charter School on the following dates and locations:
Thurs., July 17 — Crowville Community Center, Football Field Road
Fri., July 18 — Baskin Community Center, Baskin-Delhi Hwy.
Sat., July 19 — Wisner Town Hall, Natchez Street
Mon., July 21 — Light House Fellowship Hall, Fort Necessity Road
Wed., July 23 — Gilbert Community Center, Hanna Street (by the ball park).
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"We're essentially going to explain to the attendants what a charter school is, how it operates, and how the process is going, and basically set a timeline for the next several months," said Nick Poulos, representative of Franklin Charter. "We will ask those interested in enrolling their children to sign an intent to apply form which is open to every student in the parish. Type II charters can accept students from any where in the state as well."
Meetings will be held from 5-6 p.m. nightly and attendance to one meeting will be mandatory for all those with children interested in attending the charter school.
If granted a Type II charter, Franklin Parish Charter School will operate as a nonprofit corporation and be governed by its own board of directors within the framework agreed to in the charter. The board will consist of volunteer members who reflect the diversity found within the parish. FPCS will be an independent public school, tuition-free for all students that attend.
"Our main objective with the charter school is to offer the highest quality public education to each and every child, free of tuition, who wants to attend," said Poulos. "From an economic standpoint, we'd like to get back some of those students who have left our communities in search of an alternative education. The charter also wants those teachers who have left our parish for better paying jobs to retun. It will make us a stronger community and more attractive to business and industry."
According to the website, (www.franklincharter.com), charter schools are designed to encourage innovative strategies to meet the needs of students, particularly those "at-risk." Charter schools are free from many of the laws and regulations governing public while still accountable for student achievement results.
Under federal law, Franklin Charter will be required to meet the qualifications of instructional faculty and the minimum standards of instructional time. Independent public schools are free to use a wide variety of educational resources. Charter schools are not required to use state-approved textbooks and the length of the school day and year varies from school to school. Charter schools are established to provide options for parents to send their children to schools that may more closely meet the particular needs of that child.
For more information, or to sign-up for the Franklin Parish Charter School newsletter, visit their website at www.franklincharter.com.