April 10-- Two months ago the Montgomery County school board got a state briefing on five options for operating its school system starting in June, 2015.
Tuesday night the Vidalia school board got the same briefing from Louis Erste, head of the charter schools division. One of the options is for a system of charter schools which brings with it $1.3 million in federal funds if Vidalia decides to turn each of its four schools into charter schools.
Erste says $14 million is still available for award to school systems in Georgia.
School board members are expected to make a decision in the next few months. Superintendent Dr. Garrett Wilcox believes it will take the system as least nine months to prepare supporting plans if the board wants to change the status quo.
The school board also accepted retirements effective in May from nine teachers and school nutrition director Linda Collins. It named Denise Parson as her successor.
Facing a $1.1 million dollar budget deficit, Superintendent Wilcox got the board's approval to save $112,000 in custodial costs by awarding a contract to All Clean for cleaning of all four of the system's schools next year.