Newberry Conversion Charter Schools

  • A group called Newberry Education First is promoting the conversion of Newberry Elementary School, Oak View Middle School and Newberry High School to charter schools beginning with the 2025-26 school year.

    Alachua County Public Schools understands that parents, staff and community members have many questions about how this change, if approved, would affect them, the students and the schools. We don’t yet have all the answers, and a lot of the questions will have to be answered by the City of Newberry and Newberry Education First. Even if the conversion is approved, the new operators and the district will have to agree on a charter outlining roles, responsibilities, operations and more.

    On this site we will be answering some of the most commonly-asked questions about the potential impact of a conversion. An FAQ for employees and fact sheet for parents is available below.

    We’ve also provided links to information about the voting process for each school in both English and Spanish.

    We encourage all citizens to monitor this site to learn more about what a charter school conversion will mean for those living and working both in and outside of the City of Newberry.

  • Voting Update - April 15, 2024

    The voting period has ended. In keeping with state rules, the ballots will be unsealed and counted by an independent arbitrator jointly selected by the district and the citizens who requested the conversion votes at each school. That independent arbitrator is Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Kim Barton.
    The count will take place during a public meeting on April 17 at 8:30 a.m. at the Mentholee Norfleet Municipal Building in Newberry. The district will share the results through social media and direct messages to the families and staff at each school. Schools will also post the results on their campuses.
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