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|Delta Charter outlines school plans|
There's a Storm brewing in Concordia Parish.
Delta Charter School hopes to be opening its doors in August and has already decided on "Storm" as the mascot name.
The Board of Elementary & Secondary Education (BESE) agreed last month to allow the Delta Charter Group to move forward with its plan to open a charter school in Ferriday.
The group's president, Michael Burley, said BESE's approval of the school's charter requires that a director/principal be identified by Feb. 15.
Craig Jackson, a Delta Charter board member, told the Ferriday Rotary Club Thursday that the board is seeking applicants for the position, but has already contacted a few candidates.
"We already have some really good candidates that we are very excited about," Jackson said.
Jackson said if approved, the school will have a 30-day enrollment process and then go by a lottery.
The Concordia Parish School Board denied Delta Charter School's request for a type 1 charter last year based on a third party review. Dr. Anna Bernard, hired to review the charter group's application and recommended as a reviewer by the National Charter School Association, reported a number of standards were not met or were only approaching the standards.
Jackson said the charter board never received a clear understanding of what the requirements were.
"What we're doing is offering another choice for kids and parents, flexibility for the teachers and accountability," he said.
Jackson said if approved for the 2012-13 school year, the school will open for students in kindergarten through ninth grade.
"We will have 23 students in each grade," he said. "Then we will move up one grade each year and have 40 students. We also hope to have an athletic program and have junior varsity or a junior high team.
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