A state Department of Education leader said he's thrilled with progress at Macon Charter Academy in recent weeks.

    In December, the charter school's governing board entered a 45-day trial with Renaissance School Services.

    That's the turnaround company MCA leaders hired to correct management problems that have plagued the school since it opened in August.

    The charter school's board must decide this month whether to continue its relationship with Renaissance.

    That would require approval from the Bibb Board of Education. 

    Lou Erste, the Associate State Superintendent who oversees charter schools, said he's confident in the progress that MCA has made with Renaissance. 

"It's exactly what's needed, and you know, the management company, it's my understanding, has been trying to sort out the finances, sort out the operations. Things have calmed down a lot at the school, you know, so it's really an issue of sustainability, getting that focus on the classroom," said Erste.

Erste said he believes all the parties will agree to keep the charter school open for the rest of the year.  He said the focus now should be what happens next and whether there will be a next year. 

"If they get something good in place quickly, which is what we're after, this year can't be a loss for these students. The students that came to this school were promised an education and they have to be educated," Erste said. 

    The Bibb County Board of Education is expected to take action on MCA Thursday night at a special called board meeting.