Top charter school wants to operate in Fayette

California-based nonprofit Heritage Classical Charter Schools (HCCS) has submitted a letter of intent to locate the Liberty Tech Charter School in Fayette County beginning in the 2015-2016 school year. The Fayette County Board of Education on Monday decided to delay the vote on an amendment to the existing charter school policy for 30 days to give the public time to provide input on the amendment.

HCCS CEO and Headmaster Scott Phillips in the Dec. 16 letter of intent said his organization is working closely with an unidentified group of parents in Fayette County “who have approached us to help them develop Liberty Tech Charter School.”

“Our vision for Liberty Tech Charter School is a public charter school located in Fayette County modeled after the highly successful Temecula Preparatory School in the southern California area of Temecula Valley,” said Phillips. “Temecula Tech as been recognized as one of ‘America’s Best High Schools’ by U.S. News and World Report, has been named a ‘California Distinguished School’ and has posted some of the highest state test scores in the state for the past several years.”

Phillips said the school proposes to open for the 2015-2016 school year serving grades 3-8 and increasing to grades K-12 four years thereafter.

Citing the values of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Phillips said the objective of HCCS is for Liberty Tech to have a heavy focus on virtue throughout the school community as a foundation for good education.

Superintendent Jody Barrow at the Monday meeting suggested the board move ahead with amending the existing policy and the few changes included in the amendment. Board member Bob Todd suggested that the policy sit for 30 days, a customary move for new policies, to give time for public input.

According to the current charter school policy, the school board can vote to accept or deny the petition to establish a charter school within 60 days of the submission of the letter of intent. The amended policy calls for such a decision no later than 90 days from the petition submission date. HCCS submitted the letter of intent on Dec. 16.

If the school board approves the charter petition, the petition will be forwarded to the Ga. Dept. of Education (DOE) within 30 days for review.

If the petition is denied, the board will have 60 days to provide a written explanation to CHHS and DOE stating the reasons for denial and providing a list of deficiencies in the petition.

The amendment will come back to the board at the February regular meeting.

Barrow after the meeting noted that, if denied by the board, HCCS can take the petition to the Ga. Charter Schools Commission. By law, the commission can override a local board.

Such an instance occurred a few years ago in Coweta County. The Coweta school board denied the Coweta Charter Academy but the school received approval by the Ga. Charter Schools Commission.

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Liberty Tech Charter School

Dear friends and neighbors,
My name is Christi McCully and I am the Steering Committee Chair for Liberty Tech Charter School. Watching the discussion over Mr. Nelm's article has been interesting and I thought that perhaps an introduction was in order. We are very excited to have the opportunity to work with the Fayette County Schools to bring a high quality educational choice to the students in our home (no,we are not from California). I would like to invite any questions to be addressed to my email at christi.mccully@gmail.com and would love to tell you about our plan. Thank you for your interest!
Christi McCully

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Dear friends and neighbors,
My name is Christi McCully and I am the Steering Committee Chair for Liberty Tech Charter School. Watching the discussion over Mr. Nelm's article has been interesting and I thought that perhaps an introduction was in order. We are very excited to have the opportunity to work with the Fayette County Schools to bring a high quality educational choice to the students in our home (no,we are not from California). I would like to invite any questions to be addressed to my email at christi.mccully@gmail.com and would love to tell you about our plan. Thank you for your interest!
Christi McCully

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What about the kids?

My earlier comments had more to do with the consistent changes and disbelief of the lack of board support my children seem to face. New teachers, exporting their classmates to the next school and the overall upheaval that a redistricting causes. I am a fan of the great education my children have at their disposal. In fact, I chose Fayette County to make a home based on the schools and diverse demographics. What I hadn't accounted for was the regular chess game that seems to leave my children looking for some form of familiarity within their classmates. School closings a aside, moving our children is disruptive to their focus. Moreover, the bickering of polarized parents is hardly a subject I would ever want to attempt an explanation. The whole process portrays a fantastic community is a rather poor light. I hope that this next challenge will keep our focus on the best outcome for Fayette County Students.

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un avatar intéressant

Il était Gustave Flaubert qui dit que "je suis Madame Bovary." Chaque femme a ses secrets.

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Bovary et Félicité

Ha oui, mais il a également écrit du Coeur Simple, n'est-il pas? Une tragédie du cœur non examinée? Bovary et Félicité ...... peintures du même artiste.

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ATTENTION FCBOE-Here's a red flag for you

I hope you are following what is going on in Riverside County, Ca. where this attorney aka headmaster has been denied not once but twice by two different entities to open a school there.

http://www.menifeeprep.com/categories/latest-news

Liberty Tech Charter School..see below:

http://members.fayettechamber.org/list/member/liberty-tech-charter-schoo...

http://www.linkedin.com/company/liberty-tech-charter-school

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Already another reason to redistrict?!

As a parent of two I can only hope for the best education for my children but as a resident I am a bit worried that we are looking at a variable that is going to be upsetting to the new restricting.
Less than a school year behind us and we are already looking at trying to rebalance the schools (move kids around)!
I'll wait to hear more details but I can't say timing is ideal.

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Let's be honest

What has people "upset" about the possibility of redistricting is what had people upset a year ago when the county had to close schools because of declining enrollments and budget considerations. The behavior of many parents was nothing short of deplorable. Some people have a hard time being honest with themselves, but what they really fear is their kids going to school with people who don't look like them. Yes--that's right. Some people do not want their neighborhood schools looking any different than they did ten years ago. Get real, people. If you are going to become screaming mimis over alleged plans for redistricting, at least have the guts to confront your own prejudices and tell it like it is. Tell the truth about why you are hoping for a charter school, moving to Coweta, etc.

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Madam Bovary

Un avatar intéressant, at-il été choisi véritables circonstances de la vie en fonction?

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Emma

Your point is true in some cases, yes.

Personally, I think common core is dumbing down our students.

If a charter school performs better and challenges the kids more, I am all for it.

You challenge a kid to step it up and provide good teachers and positive atmosphere, the kids will amaze you. Fayette county has these types of teachers. We just need to get out of the government dumb down of education.

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Fayette students are still amazing

Fayette students are still amazing, but citizens don't hear everything they should. Too often our Big Brother Cal wants to focus on the negatives. The adults who make questionable decisions for our schools while our students keep beating the odds. Did The Citizen ever tell about the students who get accepted to Princeton and Yale out of our public schools? No. Perhaps because it doesn't fit the narrative. And by the way--two of the most recent Ivy League acceptances I'm aware of were out of Fayette County High School, Class of 2009 and Class of 2013. They were definitely challenged and given a positive learning environment.

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I got behind a car today

The father had decals from Univ of So. Cal, MIT, and Penn. Yes, there are many success stories.

If a charter school competes with the state run school and has better results, you can bet lots of parents will enroll their kids. I haven't studied this charter yet, but I will.

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It's the future not the past.

I don't think these parents are trying to bring in a charter school based on what Fayette schools have accomplished in the past. I think they're attempting to do this because of fear of the future. That includes fear of the government, fear of the NAACP's district voting, redistricting, and probably several other factors. I'm just thankful that both of mine have graduated from the Fayette school system. BTW both of mine are also college grads from nice colleges. They were able to do that because they received a fine education from the Fayette school system. But, again, it's the future that scares these people. And I can see why.

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unidentified group?

3-8? Why not k-12? Because the unidentified group doesn't have any high school age children? Because there probably won't be any sports? Will HCCS rent one of the closed schools? I can't wait to read more about this. It sounds interesting.

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Wildcat

This does sound interesting. As I read the Citizen and talk to some parents, I hear concern about the effects that the new redistricting will have on Fayette Schools. I wonder if that had anything to do with the timing of this?