Decision delayed for charter school application in New Hanover County

Published: Jun. 4, 2015 at 6:30 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 8, 2015 at 6:30 PM EDT
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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A dozen new charter schools were approved by the state Thursday, including an all-girls school in New Hanover County. But another charter school hoping to open will have to undergo further review.

Cape Fear Preparatory Academy wants to open a K-8 public school in New Hanover County, which would be the only one of its kind in the area, but the State Board of Education requested further review of the

, along with that of three charter applicants from other parts of the state.

The state board recommended the Charter School Advisory Committee investigate allegations in Florida involving the company that would manage operations for Cape Fear Preparatory Academy.

is an educational management company that has, according to their website, launched over 75 schools in Florida and Ohio.

According to the

, an investigation by the Florida State Attorney's Office lead to the arrest of a teacher who works at one of the schools managed by Newpoint for allegedly assisting students during tests.

The school board there has also voted to terminate the charters for Newpoint High School and Newpoint Academy, a middle school managed by NEP.

We reached out to the Board of Directors at Cape Fear Preparatory Academy and Chairman Mickey Wetherington offered this statement:

As a board we take our responsibility to our students and stakeholders very seriously. As an independent board, we are not responsible for or affiliated with any of the Newpoint schools in Florida; thus we are conducting an inquiry into Newpoint on this matter given that Newpoint Education is the EMO we have partnered with for our charter application here in North Carolina. We appreciate the due diligence of the Charter School Advisory Board and the State Board of Education and look forward to speaking with them on June 16 to confirm the commitment of a quality educational program to our community and to the kids we will serve.

The Charter School Advisory Board has asked that Cape Fear Prep organizers appear at their next meeting to answer questions.

Leadership Academy for Young Women, an all-girls schools for grades 6-12, had their charter unanimously approved by the state board. Both of the proposed charter schools in New Hanover County are looking to open in the Fall of 2016.

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