Recovery School District meetings planned next week

North Baton Rouge residents will have a chance next week to attend two community meetings to help shape a budding network of charter schools that are coming to town.

The meetings are a joint venture of the Louisiana Recovery School District and the advisory board for the new Baton Rouge Achievement Zone. The meetings will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

Wednesday’s meeting will be at S.E. Mackey Center, 6534 Ford St., and Thursday’s meeting will be at Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, 4000 Gus Young Ave.

The achievement zone, which formed in spring 2012, comprises seven RSD-run schools. The state is planning to turn these schools into charter schools — public schools run privately — over the next two years.

The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, in August, approved 14 applications for charter management organizations in Baton Rouge in the future, some of which will likely join the new achievement zone.

RSD Superintendent Patrick Dobard plans to share at these community meetings the RSD’s vision for transforming schools in the zone and ask the community for its input concerning priorities for the zone.