PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY -- Prince George's County Public Schools will begin reassigning Potomac Public Charter School students and employees to other schools following a ruling by the state schools superintendent.
According to Prince George’s schools spokesman John White, Potomac’s students will attend their neighborhood public schools unless they apply for spots in the county’s other charter schools…
The Fort Washington school appealed to the Maryland State Board of Education contesting the Prince George’s school board’s decision to revoke the school’s charter.
"It is clear to me that this case will not be ready for the state board’s review until, at the earliest, the Aug. 28, 2007, board meeting," Grasmick said in her ruling.
Grasmick said the first day of school for teachers and students is Aug. 13 and Aug. 20, respectively.
"The 130 students of this charter school and teachers and staff must know, prior to that date, where they will be attending school," she said. "Prince George’s County school system needs the time to plan to accommodate those students, teachers and staff."…
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SCHOOL BOARD LOOKS TO CLOSE CHARTER SCHOOL; BUDGETARY CONCERNS, CONFLICT OF INTEREST AMONG REASONS FOR BOARD’S ACTION, June 21, 2007, The Gazette (Maryland)
Potomac charter school in Fort Washington is in danger of being dissolved after the Prince George’s Board of Education voted to revoke a charter agreement reached before the Potomac opened for the 2006-2007 school year.
The school board voted June 7 in executive session to revoke the agreement after an audit of Potomac showed the school had not met financial requirements outlined by the county, schools spokesman John White said.
According to the audit, Potomac – one of three Prince George’s charter schools – did not have a school activity fund, or a checking account set up for the collection of money for student pictures, field trips, book fairs and other activities.
Potomac also broke a county rule barring members of a charter school’s parent board from operating the before and after care program. The county was also concerned that the board of directors was not fully functional. Deborah Driver, a founder of Potomac, said she resigned as president of the school’s parent board last week. Asked if her resignation was a result of the school system’s audit, she said, ‘‘You might say so.”
‘‘There were governance issues and financial issues,” said White.
The school board issued a warning March 20, telling the school to submit a plan to correct lingering problems or the charter would be pulled, White said. The school’s plan was deemed inadequate by the school board.
Lawyers for the charter school obtained a 10-day injunction in mid-June. White said the matter will return to court on Tuesday.
The Prince George’s school system gave $840,632 to Potomac for the 2006-2007 school year. The school also received a $300,000 start-up grant from the Maryland State Department of Education.