School board to discuss Reese Road charter renewal petition

lgierer@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 9, 2014 

Muscogee County School District's new superintendent, David Lewis, walks into Midland Middle School Monday morning where an orientation session was being held for new teachers.


School superintendent David Lewis is recommending that the Muscogee County School Board approve Reese Road Leadership Academy’s charter renewal petition.

It is one of the items to be discussed at a board work session Monday beginning at 5 p.m. in the Muscogee County Public Education Center on Macon Road.

Reese Road has operated as a charter school with a focus on leadership for five years. The other charter schools in Columbus are Clubview Elementary and Wynnton Arts Academy.

It is now time for Reese Road to submit an application to renew the status for an additional five years.

The petition has been updated to include the following: new performance standards, additional instructional goals and specific areas that will address the work of the charter.

The board will hear a report on how well Reese Road has performed since becoming a charter school.

In other business:

The board will discuss the appointment of Andrew Mullins to the Muscogee County Library Board to replace Michelle Griffin who has chosen to not serve a second term.

The banning of electronic cigarettes and other devices that simulate tobacco smoking will come up for a vote next week. There could be more discussion at the work session.

When the plan was discussed at a January meeting, two board members spoke in favor of the administration’s recommendation. Nobody spoke against it.

The revisions to policy would prohibit the use of an electronic cigarette, electronic vaping device, personal vaporizer, electronic delivery system or battery-powered device which simulates tobacco smoking.

Lewis has been charged by the board with the responsibility to assign experts who will bring expertise and insight in the programming for the new performing arts academy.

The superintendent is still finalizing the details to recommend professional consulting services that will provide expertise and insight as project manager for the project.

Lewis may speak on his plans.

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