CLINTON — East Feliciana Parish School Superintendent Carlos Sam told the School Board on Tuesday he will make a recommendation Dec. 1 on renewing the charter for Slaughter Community Charter School, the parish’s highest-ranking school last year.
The charter school led the parish for 2014 with a letter grade of B and school performance score of 99.2, with grades 7-11. The school added the 12th grade this school year.
Slaughter Elementary, operated by the parish, also had a B for 2014 and a school performance score of 95.3.
Performance scores for 2015 are expected to be released this month. High school scores were announced last week, and East Feliciana High School received a C.
Slaughter Community Charter School is a Type 1 charter school, meaning it was authorized by the School Board and is limited to enrolling only students living in the parish.
The five-year charter expires June 30.
Sam had Keisha Netterville, executive director of human resources and business services, go through a detailed review of the plan for determining whether the school meets the requirements for charter renewal, saying he wanted to be sure board members understand the process.
Netterville said a report of the review team’s findings will be delivered by Nov. 20.
A charter can be renewed automatically for up to 10 years for an A-rated school and up to seven years for a B, provided it has had an increasing school performance score over the three preceding years, has no “notices of concern or breach” and gets “meets expectations” designations for organizational and financial performance.
The Slaughter school is governed by its own school board, and member Chrissie O’Quin said she expects the school to receive an A letter grade for last year’s school performance.
O’Quin attempted to get the board to let Caroline Roemer, director of the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools, or the group’s legal adviser, comment on Netterville’s presentation or a question about the lengths of a charter renewal, but board President Michael Bradford dismissed her request.
“We’re not talking to them tonight,” Bradford said, and member Broderick Brooks quickly moved to adjourn the meeting.
A large contingent of charter school parents and supporters attended the meeting, and the group distributed cards outlining Slaughter’s position that the school is an asset to the parish.
The school also has helped the parish increase its enrollment, the school board gets a 2 percent administration fee from the school’s budget, and the school significantly contributes to the parish’s overall performance score, the handout says.
If the school were to close, only 42 of its students would remain in the parish system, according to the group, while 85 percent of the student body would move to another parish, go to private schools or elect to be home-schooled.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently granted the charter school board an $8.1 million loan to build permanent classrooms on its campus.