Charter School Application

2017 District Charter School Application Process
for Schools Opening the 2018-2019 School Year or Beyond

 Forms and Information Needed for Submission of a Type 1 or Type 3 Charter School Proposal

In compliance with R.S. 17:3982, the Ouachita Parish School Board is making public through our website, and in printed form upon request, the guidelines for submitting a charter proposal, all forms required for submission of a charter proposal, the timelines established for accepting and reviewing charter proposals, the process that will be used to review charter proposals submitted to the board, and the name and contact information for a primary point of contact for charter proposals.


Ouachita Parish School Board Guidelines and Required Forms and Documentation for Submission of a Type 1 or Type 3 Charter School Proposal:

  1. Charter School Application
  2. Charter School Process Schedule
  3. Charter Application Review Process
  4. Charter School Contact Information

See the requirements for each section below.


 

  1. Charter School Application

    Applicants must use the documents provided in the links in this section below in order to submit a complete Type 1 or Type 3* district charter school application:

    1. Letter of Intent  

      Potential Charter School Applicants must notify the Ouachita Parish School Board of its intention to submit a charter application by submitting a completed
      Letter of Intent found here. A separate Letter of Intent must be completed for each application intended to be submitted by a Potential Charter School Applicant.

    2. Common Charter School Application 

      The common application requires applicants to complete five components – a charter proposal written in response to the questions posed in the common application, a finances template, an eligibility form, an overview template, and background check forms. Links to the latter four documents are embedded within the common charter school application found here.

    3. Additional Information Required by the School Board (District Requirement)

      The additional information requested in the links below must be submitted in addition to the Common Charter School Application:

      1. Additional Charter Applicant Eligibility Requirements
      2. Additional Charter Application Questions 

       

    4. Stakeholder Approval for Type 3 Charter Model School Conversion (District Requirement)

      Prior to applying for a Type 3 charter school, which proposes to be a school converted from a preexisting public school to a charter school, the Ouachita Parish School Board requires an applicant to receive a majority approval from the eligible professional faculty and staff of the pre-existing school and the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the school.

      Please utilize the Type 3 Model Conversion Process Instructions and voting forms provided in the links below to complete this requirement.

      All staff votes for converting a traditional public school to a public charter school should be transparent and fair with full disclosure of charter school structure to eligible voting staff and should accurately represent the opinion of such staff. The Department of Education has developed the following model process that districts may assign to all groups interested in applying for a Type 3 charter school. The model process respects the fact that every community is different and that local groups should be empowered to customize the process in a way that works for their community, assuming it meets the basic criteria for a fair and open process.

      1. Parent Voting Form 
      2. Model Conversion Process Instructions – Staff Vote 
      3. Professional Staff Voting Form 

     

  2. Charter School Process Schedule

    January 6, 2017: District Releases Charter Applications


    February 24, 2017:                                                     ​Revised due date. 
    Letter of Intent Due (Item A in Section I above)

    All Letters of Intent from applicants must be received by the Ouachita Parish School Board by no later than 4:00 p.m. CST on Friday, February 24, 2017 by email to charterschools@opsb.net.



    February 24, 2017: Charter School Application due (includes all required information requested in items B, C and D in Section I above)

    Four copies of the Charter School Application must be submitted in an electronic format (USB flash drive or CD) and received at the following location by no later than 4:00 p.m. CST on Friday, February 24, 2017:

    Ouachita Parish School Board
    2017 District Charter Application Process
    Attn: Curtis Pate
    100 Bry Street
    Monroe, Louisiana 71201



    June 1, 2017: Deadline for the Ouachita Parish School Board to make decision in an open meeting to Approve or Deny charter applications


     

  3. Charter Application Review Process

    All charter applications will be reviewed by an independent evaluator with educational, organizational, legal, and financial expertise. Applicants will have the opportunity to provide to the evaluator a written response to the independent evaluation of their charter application before the evaluator provides a final recommendation to Ouachita Parish School Board.

  4. Charter School Contact Information

    Mr. Curtis Pate, Director of Elementary Schools
    Ouachita Parish School Board
    100 Bry Street
    Monroe, Louisiana 71201
    charterschools@opsb.net
    (318) 398-9888

​Posted: January 5, 2017
Updated: January 30, 2017 - revised due date for Letter of Intent

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