FAQs for Administrators

A “superintendent” or CEO for education will be hired by the Governing Board to lead the new “district,” working closely with the principals of each school.

Yes. Current principals will be offered the opportunity to stay, and thereafter subject to employment under the discretion of the Superintendent/ CEO.

The Newberry City Commission will serve as the school board for 3-5 years to ensure transparency, accountability, stability and oversight.  They will hire an experienced “superintendent” or CEO to lead the effort. The commission would then seek public input as to the best structure going forward, be that an appointed or elected local school board or continuing under the city model.

The Governing Board must follow a strict set of statutory guidelines set forth by the state. Those include:

  • State-approved Training is required for every member of the governing body of a charter school operating in Florida per State Board of Education Rule 6A.6.0784, including:
  • Each governing board member must complete a minimum of four (4) hours of instruction focusing on government in the sunshine, conflicts of interest, ethics, and financial responsibility as specified in Section 1002.33(9)(k), F.S.
  • After the initial four (4) hour training, each member is required, within the subsequent three (3) years and for each three (3) year period thereafter, to complete a two (2) hour refresher training on government in the sunshine, conflicts of interest, ethics, and financial responsibility as specified in Section 1002.33(9)(k), F.S. in order to retain his or her position on the charter school board.
  • Any member who fails to obtain the two (2) hour refresher training within any three (3) year period must take the four (4) hours of instruction again in order to remain eligible as a charter school board member.
  • New members joining a charter school board must complete the four (4) hour training within 90 days of their appointment to the board.
  • Governing board members must receive training from a state-approved trainer.

Additionally, Charter schools must also comply with any statute governing public records; public meetings and records; public inspection; and penalties (Ch. 119, F.S.). In addition, charter schools must use facilities that comply with the Florida Building Code (Ch. 553, F.S.) and Florida Fire Prevention Code (s. 633.025, F.S.), but are exempt from compliance with the State Requirements for Educational Facilities (SREF).

A charter school is also statutorily required to (s.1002.33(9),F.S.):

  • Be nonsectarian in its programs, admission policies, employment practices, and operations;
  • Be accountable to the school district for its performance;
  • Not charge tuition or registration fees
  • Comply with all applicable state and local health, safety, and civil rights requirements;
  • Not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, sex, handicap, or marital status;
  • Subject itself to and pay for an annual financial audit;
  • Maintain all financial records that constitute its accounting system in accordance with current law;
  • Annually adopt and maintain an operating budget;
  • Fully participate in the state’s education accountability program.

Source: https://www.fldoe.org/schools/school-choice/charter-schools/charter-school-faqs.stml

If the schools convert, the proposed governance structure, in keeping with statutory requirements for charter schools, would be a governing board. The details are below.

  • 5 seats
    • 3 seats appointed by the City of Newberry Commission (individuals not holding commissioner positions, with at least one being a teacher nominated representative)
    • 1 appointed by City of Archer Commission, but may not be commissioners
    • 1 appointed from Education First
  • Appointment to take place after passage
  • Initial term of 2 years
  • Overall governance structure to be reviewed within that first two year period for confirmation of fit or adjustment if needed

See the "What is a Governing Board" FAQ for more detailed information.

Technically, no. But all three schools would be under joint leadership and unified policies and budgets, operating for all intents and purposes as a local “district” or system of three schools under local leadership.

The City of Newberry will provide the infrastructure, support, financial oversight and legal resources to ensure the new “district” has all it needs from teacher pay and benefits to facilities management to accounting and more. The City of Newberry will NOT be in charge of curriculum, classroom management, discipline or other education related priorities. Those decisions will be made by the Superintendent and Principals in cooperation with the Governing Board.

The Governing Board is the Charter School counterpart to a school board, and has many duties and responsibilities which are required by law. Our proposed outline is below.

Governing Board Duties and Responsibilities

  • Set the mission and vision of the school system
  • Work with the City of Newberry to hire the Superintendent and other system-wide support positions
  • Empower the Superintendent and Principals, along with educators, to set the curriculum, classroom policies and overall educational environment of the schools.
  • Empower the City of Newberry, as management partners, to oversee a fiscally sound, transparent and accountable financial model for the schools.
  • Comply with all state requirements for charter school governing boards including.

State-approved Training is required for every member of the governing body of a charter school operating in Florida per State Board of Education Rule 6A.6.0784, including:

  • Each governing board member must complete a minimum of four (4) hours of instruction focusing on government in the sunshine, conflicts of interest, ethics, and financial responsibility as specified in Section 1002.33(9)(k), F.S.
  • After the initial four (4) hour training, each member is required, within the subsequent three (3) years and for each three (3) year period thereafter, to complete a two (2) hour refresher training on government in the sunshine, conflicts of interest, ethics, and financial responsibility as specified in Section 1002.33(9)(k), F.S. in order to retain his or her position on the charter school board.
  • Any member who fails to obtain the two (2) hour refresher training within any three (3) year period must take the four (4) hours of instruction again in order to remain eligible as a charter school board member.
  • New members joining a charter school board must complete the four (4) hour training within 90 days of their appointment to the board.
  • Governing board members must receive training from a state-approved trainer.

Additionally, Charter schools must also comply with any statute governing public records; public meetings and records; public inspection; and penalties (Ch. 119, F.S.). In addition, charter schools must use facilities that comply with the Florida Building Code (Ch. 553, F.S.) and Florida Fire Prevention Code (s. 633.025, F.S.), but are exempt from compliance with the State Requirements for Educational Facilities (SREF).

Source: https://flcharterschool.org/governing-board-member/

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