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Neville High School to apply for type 2 charter with state

Posted: Updated: Sep 28, 2012 06:24 PM

By Victoria Shirley

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Neville High School is not giving up on its mission to become a charter school, the school will just take a different route to achieve its goal which could cost the district more than just money.

Efforts to open the doors of Neville High School as a charter were seemingly crushed in August. The Monroe City School Board voted to postpone and re-evaluate Neville's charter application. Gary Jones, president-elect of the Neville Alumni and Friends Association says the boards vote brought them back to square one.
"We're just extremely disappointed that we could not make this work with them, now we have no choice but to move forward." said Gary Roberts.

The Neville Alumni has since voted to bypass the Monroe School Board and instead seek approval from the state. If the application is approved, Neville will stand as a type 2 charter. "Which means we will be independent from the school district." said Roberts. School Board Member Vickie Krutzer tells KNOE, Neville leaving the district will hurt.

Krutzer says the district could lose as much as 9.8 million dollars not to mention more than 11 million in federal bucks and with Neville's high ranking test scores pulled out of the mix, the district could be labeled as failing. "Again this is not a personal issue, this is about what we think is best for our kids." said Roberts.

By the school board denying the initial charter request to open this year, the alumni president elect says the situation has become a bigger issue than it needed to be. "But everyone has to move forward, we all have to make decisions in our lives and our decision is to make a type 2 charter." Neville's Alumni Association will submit a new charter application to the state board before a January deadline.

As a last ditch attempt to retain Neville as a type 3 charter in the district, Board Member Vickie Krutzer says she will encourage the school board to approve the original charter request. That would keep the high test scores and cash in the district.

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