A special school board meeting is set next week to decide whether Drexel Academy, a first-year charter school with 240 students, should face an immediate closure.
The Metro Nashville Board of Education had originally planned to weigh-in on a recommendation to revoke Drexel’s charter at Tuesday’s already-scheduled board meeting. Instead, the board has organized a special meeting on Monday, Dec. 19, at 4:30 p.m.
“We want to make sure we give the board members ample time to look at the materials that was presented to us in the work session,” school board chair Gracie Porter said, referencing a special meeting last week in which the board learned about Drexel’s troubles.
The district’s office that oversees publicly financed, privately led charter schools has recommended Drexel’s closure after learning of several problems during its first few months of operations. Drexel, which operates in a building off of Brick Church Pike in Whites Creek, opened this August.
According to Metro officials, Drexel has failed to provide sufficient services to English language Learners and students with disabilities, and has hired teachers who aren’t properly licensed.
Frank Stevenson, Drexel’s director of operations, has called the push for Drexel’s termination “ridiculously unfair.”