The decision to hand over East Nashville’s Kirkpatrick Elementary to charter school operator KIPP Academy was put on hold Tuesday night.
The Metro school board approved the charter conversion back in June without naming a low-performing school in need of a turnaround. That was supposed to be left up to superintendent Jesse Register, a point that was discussed but not included in the vote.
“Even though the board members talked about letting the administration make a recommendation, that was not the motion that was made, so the right thing for us to do is to bring it back for another vote,” Register said.
A vote will be held in January. In the meantime, the district plans to hold a series of community meetings.
Another charter decision is expected this week. On Friday, the state-run Achievement School District will announce whether it is taking over Madison or Neely’s Bend middle school. The ASD has faced resistance from parents and teachers at both sites.
David Wright Smith contributed to this report.