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Oklahoma City School Board discusses charter school contracts

BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL Published: May 8, 2012

Northeast Academy for Health Sciences and Engineering will be able to operate more independently because the Oklahoma City School Board voted Monday night to make it an enterprise school.

Audience members applauded after the board unanimously approved the enterprise application.

Board members said they were willing to give the high school a chance as an enterprise school, which would grant school administrators more flexibility for issues such as staffing.

“If it doesn't work, we don't have to renew,” board Chairwoman Angela Monson said.

“If it does work, we can renew and look at replicating,” she said.

Charter contracts

Also, Heather N. Hendricks of the Center for Education Law asked the board for feedback about contracts for some of the district's charter schools. The contracts expire June 30.

ASTEC Charter Schools would like enroll students in kindergarten through fifth grade, in addition to the students in grades 6 to 12. The schools also would like to eliminate its enrollment cap of 700 students and to operate on a 5-year contract instead of a 3-year contract.

Harding Charter Prep would like to operate on a 5-year contract and select a food service provider. The school also wants to reduce the administrative fee paid to the district from 3 percent to 1 percent because of grant funding that has been used to improve the building.

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