BOE to vote on charter school

SUWANEE - The Gwinnett County Board of Education will be asked to vote Thursday on a petition to convert Maxwell High School of Technology into a charter school.

If approved, the petition would be submitted by Nov. 1 to the state Board of Education, according to an item on the agenda for the Gwinnett school board's monthly business meeting.

Charter schools are public schools designed to operate independent of federal, state and local regulation in exchange for increased accountability in student achievement. Gwinnett County Public Schools currently operates two charter schools - New Life Academy of Excellence in Norcross and Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology, which is moving in August into a new building located next to Maxwell High.

According to an executive briefing, Maxwell High wants to establish dual enrollment offerings through proposed partnerships with Gwinnett Technical College, Lanier Technical College, and Middle Georgia College. It also wants the freedom to offer some courses at a technical college instead of its Lawrenceville campus.

Maxwell's goals in converting to a charter school include increasing the number of students graduating with business- and industry-recognized credentials and increasing the number of dual enrollment credits offered and completed by students.

The school board's meeting begins at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Instructional Support Center in Suwanee.

Those who wish to address the board can sign up that evening to speak during a 6:30 p.m. open forum.

To view the complete agenda, visit www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/board.nsf.

SideBar: If you go

· What: Gwinnett County Board of Education meeting

· When: 7 p.m. Thursday

· Where: Instructional Support Center, 437 Old Peachtree Road N.W., Suwanee