Peachtree Middle School will hold a vote to renew its charter, Friday, Feb. 5, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. after a parent alleged irregularities in last month’s secret ballot vote.
The school’s charter committee nullified a Jan. 8 after questions were raised about the voting process, including an unsecured ballot box.
The DeKalb County School District opened an investigation into the allegation and DeKalb officials will be on hand at Friday’s vote.
“We will have staff on-site to confirm the count. The initial feedback during our intensive petition review process indicated there were many aspects of the petition that were weak,” said DeKalb School’s spokesperson Quinn Hudson.
“As allowed under state law, the petitioner requested an extension to allow them to perfect the petition. The District allowed that extension. The board of education [BOE] has never denied the Peachtree renewal and it has not yet been presented for a BOE vote. Depending on the outcome of the parent vote on Feb. 5, staff may be processing the Peachtree Middle renewal petition in March,” Hudson said.
More than 350 parents voted in January for the Dunwoody school’s charter renewal. A previous vote last year did not attract enough parents to be viable.