The St. Landry Parish School Board on Thursday rejected the application of J.S. Clark Leadership Academy Charter School, voting 7-3 to uphold Supt. Michael Nassif’s rejection recommendation.
Nassif’s recommendation, he said, was based on findings during the review application process by members of a committee of college teachers and central office employees.
Prior to Nassif’s review, the board heard from representatives of the school for about an hour and a half. They answered a list of questions posed by the committee as well as responding to queries and comments from board members.
Eunice-area members Harry Fruge and Roger Young voted to reject the application. The third Eunice-area member, Josie Frank abstained (her son is a member of the charter school board).
The organizers of the school now have the option of appealing to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education for a state charter to operate the Type 1 charter school independently of the St. Landry system.
Had the School Board approved the application, the school would have been a partner, so to speak, of the system.