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Former Algiers Charter Schools CEO brought in as academic consultant

In lieu of a quorum at the Oct. 11 Miller-McCoy board of directors meeting Andrea Thomas-Reynolds, former Algiers Charter Schools Association CEO, updated the board on the school’s charter renewal and extension process.

After leaving ACSA, Reynolds founded Pinnacle Learning Systems, an education consulting company recently hired by Miller-McCoy to address academic and leadership issues at the school.

Reynolds said that given the academic performance, financial health, and facilities reviews done by the Recovery School District, she thought it likely the school would be recommended for a three-year charter renewal.

Reynolds also strongly suggested that the board hire a full-time employee to train the Miller-McCoy staff in the Achievement Network, a program designed to help teachers and school leaders use data and testing benchmarks to improve state standardized testing results. Reynolds said she has been looking for a state or university employee to give staff a synopsis of the new program on their next professional development day.

The agenda released on the school’s website before the meeting listed two action items—a vote on signatory authority and a vote on a consultant service contract. Since boards cannot approve items or vote without a simple majority of their members present, only general information was discussed at the meeting.

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