Muscogee County School Board to vote on system charter

The Muscogee County School Board will meet tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the board room at the Bradley Library.

During the meeting, the board will vote on the district' application to become a charter system.

A charter system provides administrators with more flexibility under certain rules, such as those governing class size and teacher certification, in exchange for greater accountability in regard to student achievement and test scores.

The application must be submitted to the state by Nov. 1.

The board will vote on a request from Columbus Consolidated Government for the option to purchase up to two more acres of land on the Library/Sears site on Macon Road.

The city already owns six acres on that site and is preparing to develop several projects, including a $13.2 million natatorium, a $17.5 million city services center and a $7.5 million parking garage.

The YMCA wants to construct a center attached to the natatorium. Purchasing two extra acres would allow the city to continue talks with the YMCA. A price on the land has not been set.