Two local charters dropped from consideration

Jan. 13, 2014 @ 05:26 PM

Two of the eight charter schools that applied to the state to open in Durham next year have been dropped from consideration by the N.C. Charter School Advisory Board.

Antonio Academy and Pinnacle of Durham Charter School were among the nine dropped from consideration from a pool of 71 statewide seeking to open their doors in 2015.

The advisory board gave 62 schools the green light to continue the process.

Elizabeth Morey, who is listed as vice chairwoman of Pinnacle, said late Monday afternoon that she did not know why the school’s application was rejected during the advisory board’s review of applications for “completeness” to determine if the schools would move on in the process.

“I haven’t been given a reason yet,” Morey said, noting that she expected to receive an answer sometime Monday night.

According to published reports, schools were dropped from consideration because they were missing required paperwork that would, for example, spell out a contingency plan if a school were unable to find a facility to house it.

The other schools proposed for Durham that will move forward in the process are The Aviation Medical Information Technology Academy, KIPP Durham College Preparatory, Lee Scholars Academy, North Carolina Connections Academy, Excelsior Classical Academy and Southpoint Academy.

The state Board of Education has given approval for 26 charter schools to open in 2014, including Reaching All Minds Academy (RAMA), which is set to open in August.

Durham has 10 of the state’s 127 public charters, with RAMA scheduled to be the 11th.