SUWANEE -- A newly forged partnership between Gwinnett County Public Schools and City Schools of Decatur could open the door for students in need of an alternative school to attend one of Gwinnett's facilities.
City Schools of Decatur has not operated its own alternative education program since 2009. The district has instead created partnerships with other school systems to serve students placed on long-term suspension.
The district has most recently used DeKalb County Public Schools to serve their students in alternative education, but CSD is seeking additional options for students.
Department of Academic Support Director Jim Taylor pitched the idea to the Gwinnett County Board of Education during Thursday's work session. Taylor said that the local district would be reimbursed at about $44 per day per student.
He said there would be a screening process to determine which students would be allowed to attend GCPS.
"We reserve the right to review all students, and if we decide it's not in our best interest for a student to attend a GIVE Center, we have the right to refuse," Taylor said.
Students that come over from Decatur would attend either GIVE Center West or East -- both are GCPS alternative schools.
During its regular business meeting later in the evening, the board of education unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding with CSD. Taylor said GCPS has a similar agreement with Buford City Schools.
He said that a "Litmus test with this situation is what we're currently doing with Buford City. We have a strict screening process for those students. Through that process, we will not jeopardize the safety and security of our students under any circumstances."