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State denies charter school application for Virgo

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — New Hanover County Schools found out today that the fast-track application for the D.C. Virgo Urban Prep Academy Charter School was not approved by the North Carolina Public Charter School Advisory Council. The application passed its initial review yesterday by a sub-committee; however, when the application came before the entire board today, it was denied with the primary reason being concerns about the design of the governance of the proposed charter school board.

“Obviously we are disappointed that it was not approved as a charter school. However, we do not consider this an end of the project. We will tweak what we are doing to fit a public school model and move forward,” said Dr. Tim Markley, superintendent of New Hanover County Schools.

“I value our partnership with the Blue Ribbon Commission and we are committed to making this school partnership work and to opening it in the fall of 2012, Dr. Markley added.

Dr. Markley stated he has not received the official reasoning yet, but he has been informed that they referenced the lack of specificity in board members and definitive bylaws. As a result, the Council deemed the application incomplete. He will discuss options about D.C. Virgo with the New Hanover County Board of Education at their next regular meeting in January.

Dr. Markley remains committed to having community input into the process of re-establishing D.C. Virgo Middle School and he will recommend that NHCS continues to accept applications for the Virgo board with the intent that the board will now become an advisory board instead of a charter school board.

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