Metro puts charter school on probation

Monday, August 24, 2009 at 7:19pm

After the transportation debacle that plagued one Nashville charter school on the first day of classes, Nashville Global Academy has been put on probation.

Global Academy, a Whites Creek area K-4 school in its first year of operation, was informed Monday it has been put on probation, a distinction which means the Metro School administration will offer a set of recommendations for improvement and monitor the implementation of the suggestions.

The probation process is part of a move by the new administrative office in charge oversight for charter schools.

“Basically we're pointing out some areas of concern,” said Metro Schools representative Olivia Brown. “With Global it primarily had to do with the transportation issues."

Global Academy officials told News2 last week that they were having trouble finding and hiring school bus drivers. The problem was highlighted on the first day of classes when some students didn't get home until after 9 p.m.

Charter schools receive local and state funding, but no public funds for facilities or transportation. Schools are required to provided their own transportation.

“When we approve a charter school, we are charged with the oversight to make sure that the operations of that school will meet the needs of students,” Brown said. “For this we have put in place a new office and it was this office that sent [Global the recommendations].

The end of the probation comes with the successful implementation of the recommendations.

1 Comment on this post:

By: Anna3 on 8/25/09 at 7:53

It's a good thing that we don't put EVERY METRO SCHOOL on probation that experienced transportation problems the first day of school! We may have to put ....what 30, 40, 50, or 60 on probation? What hypocracy!