Charter Schools Advisory Board Meeting Newsletter for October 7 - 8, 2019

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Charter Schools Advisory Board Highlights

OCTOBER 7 - 8, 2019

Charter Schools Advisory Board (CSAB) October Meeting


The North Carolina Charter Schools Advisory Board met October 7th and 8th at the NC Department of Public Instruction State Board Room.  


Meeting agendas are available on the State Board of Education’s website under the Meetings tab. There you can also find presentation materials for each agenda item, where applicable.


The NC Charter Schools Advisory Board meetings are live-streamed and available on the NCDPI YouTube Channel.


Questions regarding this meeting should be directed to NCDPI Communications at 919-807-3450.


Message from Mr. Steven Walker, Vice Chair


We had another productive meeting of the Charter Schools Advisory Board in October. We are moving along quickly in the application cycle, having already completed the applications seeking to fast-track or accelerate. Congratulations to the schools that have been recommended for approval and, for those schools that were not, we hope to see an improved application next year! We are also starting our part of the renewal process.  As you know, the Office of Charter Schools and the renewal schools have been working on their end for well over a year on renewals.  We are looking forward to hearing from many of the renewal schools over the coming months.


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Board Changes


The Charter Schools Advisory Board is excited to announce a new member: Ms. Rita Haire. She attended the October CSAB meeting to observe as a non-voting member pending her official confirmation of appointment. She replaces Ms. Phyllis Gibbs and has a diverse range of education and business experience.


2019 Charter School Applications


The Charter Schools Advisory Board began reviewing the 2019 Charter School Applications at its September meeting. A total of nineteen applications were submitted, five Fast-Track/Accelerations (to open in Fall 2020) and fourteen Traditional timeline applications (to open in Fall 2021).


Six applications were submitted for schools in Mecklenburg County and two were submitted to open in Guilford County. Bladen, Buncombe, Chatham, Columbus, Edgecombe, Greene, Pitt, Robeson, Scotland, and Wake each had one application submitted to locate there.


At the October meeting, CSAB conducted the six clarification interviews. Clarification interviews are thirty minutes and allow the CSAB to ask clarifying questions about the application before voting on whether to forward the applicant to the full interview. Five of the six applicants were forwarded to full interviews which will take place at a later CSAB meeting.  


At the upcoming November meeting, CSAB will hear the eight remaining clarification interviews.


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October Presentations


In addition to clarification interviews, CSAB heard presentations from NC Cyber Academy and Essie Mae Kiser Foxx Charter School. The Office of Charter Schools presented a Renewal Season Report. In addition, schools with low enrollment were asked to present.





The CSAB recognized Mr. Eric Sanchez of Henderson Collegiate for his dedication and service in providing high-quality educational opportunities to all students.  


Upcoming CSAB Meetings

November 12-13th

December 9-10th





OCS hopes to raise awareness and promote positive news about our charter schools through this social media initiative. In addition, this will serve as another communication tool for the office. Find us at @NCCharterOffice.