Grambling Lab Schools to Apply for Charter Status

Grambling State University’s (GSU) three laboratory schools – Alma J. Brown Elementary, Grambling Middle Magnet, and Grambling High – intends to apply as a Type 2 Charter school, it was revealed at yesterday’s noontime meeting of the Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB).

From the memo to the board:

On February 2, 2015 we received a Letter of Intent from the Grambling High Foundation. Inc. to submit a proposal to operate a Type 3 charter school in Lincoln Parish which would include the conversion of the Grambling State University Lab schools. Mr. Gordan Ford, President of the Foundation. has informed us that it is the desire of the Foundation to retain all current students at the Lab schools. including those from surrounding districts, and apply as a Type 2 charter. However, in order to do this, according to the District Charter Guide, the applicant must first be denied by the district and then appeal directly to BESE. After speaking with Mr. Ford. we feel that it is in best interest of all parties involved to not proceed in the charter application process as stated and decline to review the proposal.

The board unanimously voted to decline the type 3 application.

Interim GSU President Cynthia Warrick said last fall that the university didn’t have sufficient funding to keep the schools operating.

The high school’s 2014 performance score was a C, while the other two schools were a D.

In other business, the board approved calling a May 2, 2015 election for a Simsboro School District tax. The 2.99 millage would be for ten years and would replace an expiring tax.

See here the memo.

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