Brookhaven, GA, August 12 – DeKalb County Superintendent Michael Thurmond gave the City of Brookhaven’s idea of creating its own State Funded Charter School his endorsement.
If the plan is approved, it would be the first time a City Government has received a Charter and would be the first Public School run by a local City Government.
Superintendent Thurmond told WSBTV’s Richard Belcher, “I think it’s innovative and I think it has tremendous potential.”
While Thurmond’s endorsement is important, the decision about whether to grant a State Charter will come from the State Charter Commission, not the local DeKalb County School Board.
The name of the proposed independent charter school is Brookhaven Innovation Academy. A non-profit 501-c-3 corporation has also been created with the same name. Current and future city council members will be on the schools governing board and will hold power to intervene and redirect should the performance of the school become less than expected by Brookhaven citizens.
If the charter petition is approved, the school aims to begin operations in August of 2015.
Year one, the school would be kindergarten through sixth grade and have 420 (plus virtual) students. Each year following, the school would add a grade until K-12 is achieved at the five year mark and a projected full enrollment of 1,300 students (plus virtual).
There is also an option to add one additional year for graduate school training and a career track program.
While no location for the school has been announced, the city leaders say there are many options for both physical and virtual learning centers.
The city states the cost for the school will be completely funded by existing state tax revenue. Unless the Mayor and Council offer financial assistance voluntarily, Brookhaven citizens will not be financially obligated for the schools operations.