Students are rewarded with "Singleton bucks" for good behavior, which they can cash in on a weekly basis at the school store.
School budget back in the black after enrollment slump and staff cuts.
The meeting starts at 6 p.m.
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.
School is nearly $140,000 in the black so far this fiscal year.
School's enrollment is less than expected, resulting in layoff of eight staffers.
It will cost $30 million to bring students to and from public schools this year, compared to $18 million the year before Katrina. The increase appears to be a consequence of citywide enrollment and the shift from a centrally-run school system. A few schools are working together to negotiate busing contracts.
School starting dates vary throughout the month of August.
Grant would have sent a 'turnaround' expert to the school.
In three recent testing years, 33 public schools have been flagged for problems and possible cheating on standardized tests — 12 more than once. A testing expert says these irregularities indicate cheating by teachers and administrators, who have a lot riding on their students' performance.
Eleven Singleton teachers will not return in the fall, principal says.
Meanwhile, the Dryades YMCA is suing Ellis Construction for water damage to the gymnasium flooring and damage to a buried chiller pipe, leaders say.
A long-anticipated wellness center and natatorium in the works next door to James Singleton Charter School is nearing completion. The school’s board of directors, which also oversees the Dryades YMCA that operates the charter school, received a status report on construction of the wellness center and indoor pool at its monthly board meeting Jan.
Lower than expected enrollment numbers have led to reductions in staff at James M. Singleton Charter School for the 2012-2013 school year. According to Principal Debra Robertson, the October 1 student count is 648, well below the school’s enrollment goal of 740.
Board members of the Dryades YMCA and James Singleton Charter School welcomed new principal Debra Robertson at their monthly meeting on August 21. Wasting no time, Robertson updated board members on teacher preparation efforts during the summer.
James M. Singleton Charter School Finance Committee Chair, Ed Shanklin, opened the June 12 public budget hearing at 5:06 PM in front of a small crowd in the school’s multipurpose room. The purpose of the meeting was to publicly announce next year’s budget and to allow for public comment.
The Lens received written notice that Dryades Y and James M. Singleton Charter School will host a public hearing for their 2012-13 budget at 5pm on Tuesday June 12, at 2220 Oretha Castle Haley. Singleton Charter’s regular board meeting will be held at noon on June 19 at 2220 Oretha Castle Haley.
Reporting to the school’s board of directors at their monthly meeting, May 15, chief financial officer Catrina Reed said James M. Singleton Charter next year will be in compliance with state rules that limit administrative costs to 30 percent of the budget. The state Department of Education had notified the school last year that it was failing to meet the state requirement that 70 percent of the budget be spent on instruction, Reed said Singleton currently is spending 72.9 percent of its state funding on instruction.
By Marta Jewson, The Lens charter school reporter |
A federal i3 grant to expand enrollment was up for discussion at the James Singleton Charter School directors meeting, April 17. The i3 program describes itself as designed “to turn around persistently low-performing schools through the development of new public charter schools.” The grant would provide up to $1 million.
Quarterly benchmarks for and math language comprehension were a focus of attention at the monthly meeting of the Dryades Y James M Singleton Charter School board of directors, March 13. Testing of third- through eighth-graders shows progress, principal Melrose Biagas told the board.
According to our CSRC reporter, tonight’s board meeting has been cancelled. No further information available at this time.
Lingering debt concerns loomed as the Dryades YMCA board of directors, who also run the James M. Singleton Charter School, gathered on Dec. 20 for their final monthly meeting of the year.
A looming deficit drew attention at the monthly meeting of the Dryades Y James M Singleton Charter School Board of
Directors, on Nov. 15, with 10 of 17 board members present.
The Dryades Y and James M. Singleton Charter School Board have confirmed that this month’s meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at noon at 2220 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
The Dryades Y/ James M. Singleton Charter School board of directors met Oct. 18, with 11 of 17 members present.
The Dryades Y/ James M. Singleton Charter School Board of Directors met Sept. 20, with 10 of 17 members present.