Decatur School Board Proposes Contract with Robertson Charter School | Education

DECATUR — The Decatur School Board filed a vote on Tuesday to approve the renewal of Robertson Charter School’s contract through June 30, 2027.

Due to the growing number of COVID-19 cases, Tuesday’s meeting was held both on Zoom and in person, with only Al Scheider and Kevin Collins-Brown in the boardroom, along with Assistant Superintendent Jeff Dase, who replaced Acting Superintendent Bobbi. Williams.

When the Robertson item was put on the agenda, board member Jason Dion said he had questions about the contract and was not comfortable approve it until these issues have been resolved. He apologized for not thoroughly studying the contract before the meeting and not realizing he had questions beforehand.

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“What was the process?” he said. “This contract comparing it to the previous contract, what are the differences?

Rather than spending time at the board meeting asking and answering questions, said board vice chairman Andrew Taylor, members could drop the vote and Dion could pose his questions in an email to the Board Secretary Melissa Bradford to respond.

“I would prefer to drop it off,” Dion said. “I don’t have enough information to ask all the right questions.”

Along the same lines, said board member Kevin Collins-Brown, the contract the board had just voted to extend for a year in June 2021 is not set to expire until June 2022, so council could wait for the issues to be dealt with.

The vote at the table was unanimous.

Robertson opened as a charter school in 2001 and has been renewed every five years since then, until the one-year renewal in June 2021. Like other charter schools in Illinois, Robertson has its own board and administration and receives per-pupil state funding as provided for in the Illinois Charter Schools Act of 1996. The charter school submits an annual report to the Decatur School Board on its finances and academic progress.

The board also approved the appointment of Hilda Nicholls as Deputy Principal at Dennis School.

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