One of Nashville’s brand new charter schools is asking the district to let it keep 30 fourth graders it wasn’t supposed to have enrolled until next year. Global Academy filed the request with the Metro School District Monday.
In the letter, Global’s Chairman of the Board says the school’s principal thought a K through 4 charter had been approved. He also says someone at the district confirmed last spring the school could enroll fourth graders. But, the approved charter on file at the district office shows a small dash through the fourth grade. Under charter application procedures dashes are required when elements of the charter are changed or dropped.
The district’s new Executive Director of Charter Schools, Alan Coverstone, caught the fourth grade error as he was coming up with a maintenance plan for Metro’s charters. Now he will likely make a recommendation to the school board as to whether those fourth graders should stay at Global or be sent back to their zoned schools.
Global is also asking Metro to slightly reduce the number of school hours due to parents’complaints about students getting home too late. Last week Global was put on probation by the district due to the problems it was having getting children to and from school.