LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - At Tuesday night's board of education meeting, Jefferson County Public School officials discussed a draft of policies and procedures for prospective area charter schools.
Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio said JCPS will likely be a model other districts will look at when it comes to developing the rules for their charter schools, so they want to set the standard very high.
"We are farther along, I'm comfortable in saying this, than any other authorizer in the state of Kentucky," Dr. Pollio said.
Cassie Blausey was hired as the Director of School Choice to develop the policy, which lays out the approval, renewal, and closure protocols.
"Ultimately, if you have a process that's flimsy, that isn't well thought out, then you run the risk of having charter schools that don't meet expectations and aren't worthy of our kids," Blausey said.
Once approved, each charter school would be held accountable to the board of education, which would monitor ongoing performance reports.
If a charter school isn't filling a void within the district, their contract may not be renewed by the board and the school could close. The application review period is set to begin in April 16.
But, Blausey says JCPS hasn't received any interest from prospective schools yet.
"One of the issues right now is funding," Blausey said. "There is no set funding, aside from what's in the current budget bill, and without that being addressed I think that makes us very unattractive."
The board will hear more about what the performance expectations could look like and will vote on the policy at their March 27 meeting.