Charter schools surpass enrollment projections
by Michelle Babcock
October 02, 2013 12:00 AM | 1775 views | 1 1 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SPICE OF LIFE: Members of the Cherokee County Triad and Seniors And Law Enforcement Together Council presented a plaque to Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency in appreciation for its help playing host to the 2013 Senior Extravaganza. During the free event, more than 600 seniors visited with 77 vendors and agencies, and more than $3,500 was raised for SALT programs. Above: From left, SALT Treasurer Jim Hubbard,  SALT Vice Chair Lt. Jay Baker of Cherokee Sheriff’s Office, CRPA Director Bryan Reynolds and Sgt. George Williams of the Woodstock Fire Department at the plaque presentation.
SPICE OF LIFE: Members of the Cherokee County Triad and Seniors And Law Enforcement Together Council presented a plaque to Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency in appreciation for its help playing host to the 2013 Senior Extravaganza. During the free event, more than 600 seniors visited with 77 vendors and agencies, and more than $3,500 was raised for SALT programs. Above: From left, SALT Treasurer Jim Hubbard, SALT Vice Chair Lt. Jay Baker of Cherokee Sheriff’s Office, CRPA Director Bryan Reynolds and Sgt. George Williams of the Woodstock Fire Department at the plaque presentation.
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By Michelle Babcock

mbabcock@cherokeetribune.com

Cherokee Charter Academy enrollment is above projection and the carpool line is getting more efficient, according to a school report presented at the Local Governing Council meeting Sept. 25.

Cherokee Charter Academy Principal Dr. Scott O’Prey gave a school report at the meeting, and said the school had already met its enrollment goal for the year.

“We met our 1,085 (goal), we are shooting for 1,108, and as of (Sept. 25), we are right at 1,100,” O’Prey said. “We have offers out and we’re just waiting to hear back.”

O’Prey said if enrollment rises to 1,108, it would be about 10 percent above the budgeted enrollment, but noted 50 students withdraw from the school in August.

The reasons provided by the 50 withdrawals were: 12 moving out of the area, 17 stated transportation/busing, two not satisfied with administration, four leaving to home school and 15 leaving to go to a local school.

Council Chair Heather Blevins said some students probably left to go to a traditional public high school, and said the August withdrawal number could also have been affected by students leaving over the summer without notifying the school.

“In a school of choice we could still be the best, and somebody would want an art program at a different school. So that’s the reality,” Blevins said.

O’Prey said the school began opening the carpool lines five minutes earlier each day, and in those first five minutes the school is able to get 40 cars through the line.

“Carpool, even though we had rain … we’ve been starting school on time since the first day of school,” O’Prey said. “School’s starting on time, that’s what I’m in charge of.”

Blevins said she brought children to school during the week, and “as a parent, I think it’s fine.”

Also during the meeting, O’Prey said the cafeteria got a detailed cleaning, maintenance was done in the clinic and bathroom stalls, and the exterior light for the street sign was repaired.

Along with Blevins and O’Prey, those who attended the meeting included: council members Danny Dukes, Larry Blase, Dudley Wass, Sean Jerguson and Jonathan Pfohl; and Charter Schools USA representatives Hillary Daigle, Kelly Wallace and Matthew Ingram.

The next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 23 at 10 a.m.

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October 02, 2013
The enrollment projection, according to their charter renewal petition approved earlier this year (and still online on the State DOE website), is 1145. If you don't meet a goal, just change the number and pretend you did? Is that what "flexibility" means?
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