School board approves 5-year charter renewal
by Megan Thornton
mthornton@cherokeetribune.com
January 18, 2013 12:12 AM | 3396 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Along with 13 other charter schools in Georgia, Cherokee Charter Academy received approval Thursday from the state Board of Education for a five-year charter renewal.

Matt Cardoza, director of communications for Georgia the Department of Education, said all charter petitions, originally listed as informational items, were moved to action to the board’s consent agenda and passed unanimously.

Cherokee Charter Academy’s petition included the addition of a high school, so the charter will soon be able to serve kindergarten through 12th-grade students.

As a state-chartered special school, Cherokee Charter Academy’s five-year term will run from July 1 to June 30, 2018.

Lyn Michaels-Carden, chair of the board of directors of the Georgia Charter Educational Foundation, the governing body of the school on Sixes Road in Canton, said she and the rest of the board are “thrilled” to have received approval, including the additional expansion.

“Our parents expressed their desire to continue their children’s education at CCA and we are glad to be able to help facilitate the process,” Carden said. “Now the real work begins as we strategize with our teams to develop a solid plan for the future.”

Post-renewal planning begins next week, with Cherokee Charter’s local governing council meeting held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the school.

The Georgia Charter Educational Foundation Board of Directors, which usually holds its monthly meetings via public teleconference, will have its first in-person public meeting Thursday at 10 a.m. in Atlanta at McGuire Woods Promenade, 1230 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 2100.

According to the agenda, the board will consider:

* Consider the re-election Ernest Taylor, owner of an Atlanta-based executive search firm, as a board member. He previously served in 2010;

* Discuss November and December financials;

* Hear an update on the charter renewal;

* Discuss a contract with Ed Innovation Partners;

* Discuss 2013 strategic plan; and

* Hear school reports from both Cherokee Charter and Coweta Charter Academy, to include parent and staff survey results.

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