A committee of district employees evaluated the applicants' budgets, programs, services and other details.
The committee makes recommendations, and Carter drafts an official response to the board. Carter recommended the applications be turned down.
The committee members were Carter and several staffers of Oklahoma City Public Schools: Terri Bell, executive director of special services; DeAnn Davis, executive director of elementary schools and reform; Pat Watson-Hunt, associate director of elementary schools; Natalie Johnson-Pappageorge, associate director of elementary schools; and Verna Martin, associate director of secondary schools and reform.
The school board did not openly discuss Carter's memorandum or the task force's recommendations.
All eight school board members voted to reject the applications.
Board Chairwoman Angela Monson and District 5 board member Ruth Veales were not present for the charter school presentations last month.
The charter school applicants will have 30 days to respond to the specific reasons for rejection.
If the school board still says no, the applicants can choose to go to arbitration.
The advisory board for the Lighthouse of Hope Academy hasn't met yet to discuss how or whether to respond to the school board's decision, said John Birsner, one of the advisory board members.
The Lighthouse group hopes to serve students in the 73114 ZIP code in north Oklahoma City.
The area is known for high poverty and crime.
Birsner said he suspects the charter school group will answer the committee's concerns.
“It's our intention long-term to move forward,” he said. “We still believe there's a need, and we want to try to see that here in this area.”