N.C. charter school advisory approves application for proposed Huntersville charter high school

N.C. statewide charter school advisory to consider application for proposed Huntersville charter high school

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - For the first time since talks began of creating a charter school in Huntersville, we now have a better look at what a newly-built charter school in Huntersville would look like.

On Monday, North Carolina’s State Board of Education’s Charter Schools Advisory Board heard applications for proposed charter schools hoping to be built across the state.

One of those applications which was read and examined at the meeting is an application for ‘Huntersville Charter High School’.

The application lists the school as one that will give “students the opportunity to explore occupations that may or may not require post-secondary education but will involve academic study, hands-on training and skill building.

The school lists in the application the plan is to start out only serving 9th and 10th graders with 210 students in its first year, which is small in size compared to the Charlotte Mecklenburg high schools nearby.

The location of the Huntersville Charter School will allow students from several schools of CMS, but not specifically limited to them, including Hopewell High, North Mecklenburg High, William A. Hough High and Merances Middle College. However, the application says they believe the primary student enrollment group will be from North Mecklenburg. The application goes on to say students from Mecklenburg, Gaston, Cabarrus, and Iredell are also anticipated for enrollment at the school.

“Town leaders in Huntersville have determined that the primary educational need is for a charter trade High School and they are 100% in favor of this project,” according to a statement listed in the application. It goes on to say, “Currently, charter schools in this area have very large waiting lists and community leaders acknowledge that additional charter school options are needed.”

The school and project is listed as funded by the Aspire Carolinas Foundation. The foundation reported it has purchased approximately 25 acres in Huntersville, North Carolina on the corner of Hambright and Beatties Ford Road designated for the school.

The application states “the property has an existing 8,000 square foot building on it that will house the Foundation Office and create a presence for HCHS while the building is constructed on the property. Aspire is working on a master plan to build an approximately 65,000 square foot building (at full build-out) on the property that will be designated as Huntersville Charter High School.”

The board preliminary voted to approve the application for the Huntersville Charter High school during their meeting, Monday.

The board also considered an application for a male charter school in North Mecklenburg. The application lists the proposed school as ‘Power Elite Male Charter Academy’.

The proposed school application states, "Power Elite Male Academy will in the Northern section of the City of Charlotte. The public schools which are assigned to that area have poor academic performance for educationally disadvantaged students.

The board did not approve the application for Power Elite Male Academy.

The State Board of Education has the final say on the applications which means a further vote from the SBOE is expected in March.

WBTV is working on getting a statement from CMS regarding the proposed application for HCHS.

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