Charter school group to withdraw application for new Pender County school

Charter school group to withdraw application for new Pender County school
The organization over Coastal Preparatory Academy is reportedly withdrawing its application for a new school in Pender County.

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Amidst continued complaints from parents and former faculty, school growth organization associated with Coastal Preparatory School is reportedly withdrawing its application for a new school in Pender County.

The nonprofit board of Coastal Preparatory Academy (CPA), a New Hanover County charter school that opened in September 2017, was looking to expand and open a school for high school-aged students in neighboring Pender County.

CPA is an affiliate of Challenge Foundation Academy, or TeamCFA, which provides financial and academic support.

However, a spokesperson for the Office of Charter Schools at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction said the office has received verbal word that the organization is withdrawing its application for the new school.

The spokesperson said the office has not received the official withdrawal documentation, but that all schools up for consideration at an April 8 meeting, as the charter school group is, have until this Friday to submit any changes in paperwork.

Parents of former CPA students have expressed concern over TeamCFA and CPA expanding into Pender County, as well as conditions at the existing school.

As of April 2, 476 people have signed a petition against a new charter school in Pender County (Source: Change.org)
As of April 2, 476 people have signed a petition against a new charter school in Pender County (Source: Change.org)

At a March board meeting, parents got into a heated confrontation over the conditions at CPA, and one parent said TeamCFA needs to “fix” things at CPA before branching out.

Additionally, almost 500 people have signed a petition against TeamCFA opening a school in Pender County.

The apparent withdrawal comes just after New Hanover County approved a bond issuance for $28 million to build the new school, a debt that would have been the responsibility of the charter school group, not the county.

Representatives for TeamCFA responded asking for clarification of this article, but did not comment on the matter further.

[This article was edited to clarify the relationship between TeamCFA and Coastal Preparatory Academy].

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