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With bump from F to D, Singleton wins charter renewal for three more years

The James M. Singleton Charter School had its charter with the state renewed for another three years after improving its state accountability score from an F to a D.

The school’s Board of Directors discussed the renewal by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education at its last meeting of the year on Dec. 17.

The state Department of Education’s Office of Student Programs will be on campus Feb. 3 to determine compliance regarding regulations and requirements. The school prepared for that visit by holding a conference call with state officials earlier this month and is expected to turn in needed documentation by Jan. 21.

Former Lake Forest Charter Elementary School teacher Jean Wooten will join the school as its newest fourth-grade teacher. Wooten previously taught social studies as well as fifth-grade and is a veteran teacher.

Budgetwise, the board is projecting a $10,000 increase in income from its annual golf tournament. The 2013 tournament saw an anticipated final net of $54,546.99 according to Director Jay H. Banks. The board also received a regular financial update.

The meeting lasted for about 30 minutes, though it was neither called to order nor adjourned by board Chairman H. Kenneth Johnson. The board also discussed items unrelated to the charter school, dealing with other programs at the Dryades YMCA, where the school is housed.

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