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Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 04/08/2009

D.C. Charter Board Taps DCPS for New Press Aide

Another DCPS person goes charter.

No, we're not talking about one of the roughly 4,200 students who left D.C. Public Schools last year while charter enrollment surged 14 percent, according to the 2008 school enrollment audit report.

Audrey A. Williams, who worked in the DCPS communications office, is now the public affairs manager for the D.C. Public Charter School Board. She joins communications manager Nona Richardson.

The job is a new one for the charter board and for Williams, who has been with DCPS since the days when there was a local school board and Peggy Cooper Cafritz was president. Williams used to staff the sometimes (okay, often) lengthy school board meetings.

In her new role, according to a board announcement, Williams will be "facilitating communications between the [charter] Board and government agencies, the media and community organizations."

Williams's experience will also be key to one aspect of charter board operations that has been a weakness - consistent, reliable record-keeping of board meetings. Among the findings in a Washington Post investigation last year was that the charter board -- which meets on the third Monday of each month -- did not consistently take meeting minutes or record votes by the seven-member appointed panel.

No doubt Williams, with hours of school board meetings under her belt, can help with that.

Theola Labbé-DeBose

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  06:30 AM ET, 04/08/2009

Categories:  Education, Education

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