Muscogee County School Board delays vote on Camelot Education contract for the second time

(Source: WTVM File)
(Source: WTVM File)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – The Muscogee County School District has decided to once again delay the vote on the Camelot Education contract.

In Monday night's Muscogee County School Board Meeting, the board voted to delay the vote on whether or not to hire Camelot Education of Austin, Texas to run alternative school programs in the district.

This decision comes after the vote was delayed at the previous school board meeting. This time, board members deciding to take the halt a bit further, delaying the decision for another three months.

"We may have differences of opinions on how to address this, but we have to do something different, I don't think anyone in this room who doesn't agree with that," said Superintendent of Education, Dr. David F. Lewis.

Nearing two hours of discussion, tensions were high as Muscogee County School board members struggled with finalizing the vote on the Alternative School contract with Camelot Education.

"A lot of liability for us still left in this contract, and a lot of unknown for us, that we need to fill in," said Board Vice Chair, Kia Chambers.

Chambers introducing the substitute motion to put the contract on the table once more, this time for 3 months.

Parents and other board members applauding the decision, as the controversial vote went back to square one by the committee.

"This ought to be a very slow process, in fact, we never even considered as a board whether we wanted to take this drastic action. And step two is if you're gonna take this drastic action and hire this some no bid outfit from Texas, they need to be thoroughly vetted, and you just can't do that in 23 days," said MCSD Board Member, Frank Myers.

The meeting was full of concerned parents, many who oppose the Camelot partnership. Maryanne Young, parent of a child with special needs spoke before the board this evening. She says she is happy with the outcome.

"I feel like it's a wonderful day for the parents and students of Muscogee County. We finally feel like we've been heard," said Young.

During these next three months, Camelot will be studied in even more detail by board members. This time will also be allotted for more public input on the decision. A community advisory committee will also be formed.

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