The Clinton Board of Education met Tuesday evening for their regular monthly meeting.
Of the several things discussed Tuesday evening, one of the discussions focused on a proposed charter school that could potentially form in conjunction with Richland Community College, which is the community college district Clinton Schools are currently in. Dr. Jeff Holmes, Superintendent of Clinton Schools explains should this come about, the district would have to help foot the bill for students in the Clinton district that would potentially attend.
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Dr. Holmes notes each year the cost would be $74-thousand for 10 students to attend, and about $320-thousand over 4-years. Dr. Holmes says while concept of a charter school is a good one, the biggest draw back is the cost associated with sending students there.
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The charter school will encompass eleven districts, and each district will vote in January on whether to approve, or deny the proposal. According to Dr. Holmes, even if all eleven districts reject the proposal, the charter school could still form, leaving all eleven districts accountable for the money associated with sending students there.
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Dr. Holmes says the target demographic for the school would be at risk students first. At the Board of Education's next meeting in October, Chart Pro will present to the Board on the pros and cons of the charter school to the District.