Dr. Lloyd Carlton Academy Charter School founding board members presented details of their application to open the school in the Englewood district in August 2014, during a special Englewood School Board meeting on Oct. 8.
In the meeting at the Maddox building, charter founding board president Mary Zachariah used a PowerPoint presentation as she talked about subjects including the school’s mission, vision and educational philosophy.
The Carlton Academy founding board filed an application with the Englewood School District on Aug. 1, seeking school-board approval to open a facility in the district in August 2014. A second presentation was set for Oct. 17 at the Maddox building.
The Englewood School Board is scheduled to decide whether to approve the charter application at a special meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 in the boardroom at the school administration building, 4101 S. Bannock St.
The charter school would not charge tuition, and funding would come from a portion of the per-pupil state funding from the home districts of the students, plus grants and donations.
A stated goal of the charter school is to offer families the opportunities to have their student attend class in a school that is not part of the Englewood public school district.
Recruiting and enrollment is planned in a manner to ensure equal access to all students seeking to attend the school. The initial target population for the school will be kindergarten through fifth grade from Englewood and surrounding districts.
This marks the second year in a row an application to establish the charter school in the Englewood School District has been submitted. The board rejected last year’s application as insufficient in a number of areas. The charter school founding board chose not to appeal the school board’s decision, instead opting to resubmit the application.
Zachariah said the group has been working on the revised application since January and went through a lengthy preparation process that included working closely with the Colorado League of Charter Schools to develop the new application.
The goal was to have new application include an improved budget, detailed technical information and specific facts providing a better picture of what the school would look like once it is up and running.
During the Oct. 8 meeting, Zachariah said the preferred location for the school is the former location of St. George Church in Cherry Hills at the east side of the intersection of U.S. Highway 285 and South Clarkson Street.
The application requests permission to open the school’s doors in August 2014, offering classes for kindergartners through fifth-graders, with a grade added each year until the school would teach kindergartners through eighth-graders. The opening enrollment is forecast to be 200, increasing to 420 in five years.
In the presentation and in response to question, founding board members repeatedly said it is their goal is to work hand-in-hand with the school district. Nancy Doty, board member and Arapahoe County Commissioner, said a number of Englewood students have left the district to attend schools in other school districts, and an aim of the charter school is to bring those students back to Englewood.
After the basic presentation, questions were accepted from the audience.
In response to a question about enrollment, board vice president Theresa Martens said the school has enrolled 97 students, which is almost half of the first-year target enrollment of 200.
Kevin Ebert, an Englewood resident, asked about the school’s proposed budget.
Martens said the revised budget is part of the application and said the detailed budget will be placed on the school’s website.
Kevin Cultis said he is a charter school supporter. He said the charter school will offer an option for parents of children who don’t do well in public school.
“I urge the school board to approve the application right now,” he said.
Another issue concerned transportation. In her presentation, Zachariah said plans were to try to arrange for students to be transported to the school.
“Charter schools are not obligated to provide transportation for students,” she said in response to a request for more details about the issue. “But it is our desire to do all we can to get out students to class. Depending on funding, we might contract with a firm to provide transportation, or we could purchase Regional Transportation District passes for students who need them and would use them. We will work on the issue as the opening of school gets closer.”
More information can be found online at carltonacademyllc.org.