Thursday, January 11, 2001

OK sought for charter schools


16 apply from Cincinnati area

By Andrea Tortora
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The Cincinnati area could be home to 16 new charter schools next year if all applications to the Ohio Department of Education are approved.

        The state received 86 applications from individuals and nonprofit groups seeking permission to open schools across the state.

        Of those applications, 11 are for Cincinnati, two for Hamilton, two for Middletown and one for Mount Healthy.

        “It's too early to say how many or which schools will be approved,” said J.C. Benton, spokesman for the Department of Education's Center for School Reform and Options.

        Charter schools receive public funding from the state but operate separately from local districts. They are run by nonprofit organizations.

        Approval for one of the schools proposed for Cincinnati - the M. Booth Academy — is already in the preliminary stage.

        That school would target at-risk students in grades K-7 and would serve 112 students.

        Sponsors for each of the charter school applications could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

        Cincinnati Public Schools Superintendent Steven Adamowski said he welcomes the competition.

        Competition, he said, helps “all of us better serve students.”

        Twelve charter schools now operate within the city. Two were created by Cincinnati Public Schools.

Tristate charter school applications

In Cincinnati:

        • Amanda Forte Family Heritage Academy. General population, K-3, 100 students. Sponsor: Jo Ann Battle.

        • Avondale Academy. General population, K-8, 240 students. Sponsor: Andrew “Sandy” Eustis.

        • Hamilton County Mathematics & Science Academy. General population, K-8, 240 students. Sponsor: Grace Manggrum.

        • Herman Turner Academy. At-risk population, grades 1-12, 90 students.

        • L.P. Freeman Community School. General population, K-8, 240 students. Sponsor: Louise P. Freeman.

        • M. Booth Academy. At-risk population, K-7, 112 students. Sponsor: Cameron Chester Beavers.

        • National Building Auto Repair and Technical Academy. General population, grades 11-12, 300 students. Sponsor: Muka Muyaya.

        • Orator Academy. General population, K-3, 60 students. Sponsor: Kwesi Babatu.

        • Phoenix Community Learning Center. General population, K-8, 414 students. Sponsor: Glen da D. Brown.

        • School for Young Scholars. General population, K-4, 270 students. Sponsors: Sanae Ichikawa-Burton and Matthew Burton.

        • Summit Academy Elementary Community School of Cincinnati. At-risk population, grades 3-5, 45 students. Sponsor: Academy Management Co. Inc.

In Hamilton:

        • New ISUS Trade and Technology Prep. At-risk population, ages 16-22, 240 students. Sponsor: Ann Higdon.

        • Summit Academy Elementary Community School of Cincin nati. At-risk population, grades 3-5, 45 students. Sponsor: Academy Management Co. Inc.

In Middletown:

        • New ISUS Trade and Technology Prep. At-risk population, ages 16-22, 240 students. Sponsor: Ann Higdon.

        • Summit Academy Elementary Community School of Cincinnati. At-risk population, grades 3-5, 45 students. Sponsor: Academy Management Co. Inc.

In Mount Healthy:

        • Life Skills Center of Mount Healthy. At-risk population, grades 9-12, 1,080 students. Sponsor: WhiteHat Management.
       

       



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