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Brunswick charter receives initial approval despite opposition from county schools

South Brunswick Charter School received preliminary charter approval Thursday. South Brunswick Charter School received preliminary charter approval Thursday.

RALEIGH, NC (WECT) – The N.C. State Board of Education on Thursday approved a preliminary charter for South Brunswick Charter School, which plans to serve students in Kindergarten through third grade starting in July 2014, according to the school's application.  

The school intends to add a grade level each year, eventually teaching 600 students in Kindergarten through fifth grade in its fourth year of operation.  

South Brunswick Charter School is governed by Charter Day School Board of Trustees, a Leland-based nonprofit organization chaired by Donnie Norris, a vice president at First Bank.  

Roger Bacon Academy will provide day-to-day management of the school, according to the charter application. The education-management company manages three other schools in the region, Charter Day School in Leland, Columbus Charter School in Whiteville, and Douglass Academy in Wilmington.  

South Brunswick Charter School's application states that parents will form a committee to address transportation needs of the student population. 

"The Board will take under advisement all recommendations of the committee and ensure that no student will be denied access to the school due to lack of transportation," the application reads. "However, students who do not reside in the Brunswick County area will need to make arrangements to and from school." 

The school does not plan to participate in the Federal Lunch Program.  

The board of trustees said it would work with a Southport realty firm to acquire a minimum of 30 acres to develop the school with modular buildings, according to the application.  

Brunswick County Schools opposed the approval of the charter school.  

Superintendent Ed Pruden sent a letter to the N.C. Office of Charter Schools in May outlining the district's arguments against the approval.  

"The entire application for South Brunswick Charter School is a weak replication of the core values and instructional practices of Brunswick County Schools. There is no evidence of innovative practice," according to the impact statement submitted by Brunswick County Schools

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