The Atlanta Public Schools is creating a turnaround strategy designed to transform the system’s lowest performing schools through a dramatic realignment of the structure of those schools, according to a report from 11Alive.

Superintendent Meria Carstaphen said the turnaround focuses on the three lowest performing clusters: Douglass, Washington and Carver and hiring three non-profits are finalists to step-in and help.

Purpose Built Schools of Atlanta will work with half the Carver cluster: Carver High, Price Middle and Slater and Thomasville heights Elementary. Another firm, Kindezi, will oversee Gideons Elementary – one of the worst hit schools during the cheating scandal.

Carstarphen said while Purpose Built and Kindezi are associated with charter schools, the APS schools won’t be run as charters.

Carstarphen is expected to present the changes at the school board meeting on Monday.

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.