Gwinnett County Public Schools officials met Tuesday with the beleaguered Ivy Preparatory Academy's governing board to find a way to keep the commissioned charter school's doors open in the fall.
Ivy Prep, an all-girls charter school located in Peachtree Corners, was one of the 16 commissioned charter schools that was affected by the Georgia Supreme Court that ruled the commissioned charter schools were unconstitutional.
"School district staff met again today with the appropriate people representing Ivy Preparatory Academy to discuss options for allowing the school to continue operations in the upcoming school year," said Gwinnett County Public School's Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks in a statement issued May 31.
"I feel optimistic at this point that we will be able to work out an agreement that will be in the best interest of the students involved," he added.
Present at the meeting were Gwinnett County school district staff members along with members of the governing board of Ivy Preparatory Academy and legal counsel for the charter school. The charter school's Head of School, Nina Gilbert participated by phone.
At the center of the discussions was how Ivy Prep's current contract might be amended to a start-up charter school so that it may be presented to the Gwinnett County Board of Education for consideration.