“Even though we asked for the State Charter Schools Commission to give us more time to address the issues and their concerns in their recommendation, they chose not to do that,” said Brookhaven Councilman Bates Mattison. “We respect that decision and feel we will be able to satisfy and address their concerns in our petition next year.”
Three of the seven members of the state commission board spoke in favor of the academy and strongly encouraged them to come back next year for the 2015 petition cycle.
“We will begin working with the state charter schools commission staff immediately, and feel very optimistic that we will be able to address their concerns in our 2015 petition,” Mattison said.
Although the charter application was made to the state commission, the academy has earned the support of DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Michael Thurmond, who has described the academy as “an innovative idea with tremendous potential.”
Current plans call for the academy to open with 420 students in kindergarten through sixth-grade and ultimately educate up to 1,300 students as a K-12 public charter school with multiple campuses and a virtual component. The academy will offer a student-centered learning environment, implementing a combination of science, technology, engineering and math-focused, project-based and blended learning curricula.