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Hampton Elementary receives Grant for Conversion Charter

From left to right: Hampton Elementary Assistant Principal Dr. David Barber and Principal Dr. Debbie Collins are congratulated by BOE Vice-Chair Mr. Ryan Davis.
From left to right: Hampton Elementary Assistant Principal Dr. David Barber and Principal Dr. Debbie Collins are congratulated by BOE Vice-Chair Mr. Ryan Davis.jd / HCS

HAMPTON, GA - Hampton Elementary (HES) recently discovered that the State Board of Education awarded a $275,000 charter planning and implementation grant to assist with their transition to a Charter School for the 2014-15 school year. While the charter status takes effect in the fall, program planning and semblances have been on display for more than a year. “We are very excited about the opportunities a grant like this will provide for the children of Hampton,” said Dr. Collins.

Immediate plans include purchasing supplies and materials for the STEAM Stations. STEAM translates to science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. Each component represents an area of focus. HES is looking to explore and expand techniques to create a greater impact on student achievement. The Charter allows HES the freedom to change its instructional structure.

A Conversion Charter School enters into an agreement with the Local Education Authority, (LEA), and the State Education Authority (SEA) to reach certain achievement levels in exchange for flexibility in the school’s operation. Hampton Elementary is the second school to make the transition to a Conversion Charter in the Henry County School System. HES will remain a part of the Henry County School System, with no change in attendance lines.

This fall students and the community can expect to see and hear about: Cosmetology, science labs, computer skills, engineering, robotics, dance, percussion, chorus, advanced art, problem-solving, horticulture, and creative stitchery to name a few of the new classes, conducted through project-based learning experiences.

For more information on Hampton Elementary Charter School, please visit here.