MCSD postpones vote on alternative education contract

(Source: Sharifa Jackson/WTVM)
(Source: Sharifa Jackson/WTVM)
(Source: Sharifa Jackson/WTVM)
(Source: Sharifa Jackson/WTVM)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A decision by the Muscogee County School Board to vote on a $6.4 million alternative education contract with an out-of-state company is now postponed.

The delay comes two weeks after the board announced they were looking at ways to revamp the alternative education.

From monetary issues, liability, success rates, there was an endless amount of questions about the potential partnership. Parents and board members say they still have more questions for Camelot Education.

"Our next scheduled work session is April 10th, we could have a special called board meeting on the action of this item," said Muscogee County Superintendent, Dr. David Lewis.

The nine-member board voting unanimously to approve the request to delay the decision on the vote.

Recent situations, like the alternative school student who had his leg amputated after an altercation with school contractor last September, brought alternative schools to the forefront.

Now, the school board is taking more time before making any decision about the future of these programs.

"Most parents' first concern is that we're scared. We're scared what's going to happen to our children. We want to know that they are safe," said Lisa Jenkins.

While many are still weary of the decision, Lisa Jenkins, mother of a child with autism, is one of the few to support the possible partnership.

"This is an area where children have not been served, or have not been doing the best thing we can for our children. It's very hard to take care of a child with special needs, and they do need specialized services," said Jenkins.

On the other side, Camelot Education representatives are still optimistic about the partnership and what they believe they can bring to the area.

"I think we bring a particular expertise with this population of students that need a more therapeutic and more behavioral rich environment, and academically rich environment, and I think our track record speaks for that," said President of Camelot Education, Todd Bock.

A vote on the new partnership has been pushed back two weeks. It will be discussed once again during a work session scheduled for April 10th.

Camelot Education reps plan to return to the county to hold community meetings to further educate board members and parents about the partnership.

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