State Board of Ed delays Douglass Academy decision
PEMBROKE, NC (WWAY) — The doors of Wilmington’s Douglass Academy will remain open for now, despite the charter school not having enough students.
Today the NC Board of Education met to discuss the next steps for the school.
The board now has to decide whether to revoke Douglass Academy’s charter or allow extra time to increase enrollment.
Last month the Office of Charter Schools voted to recommend the state Board of Education waive this year’s enrollment numbers. The school currently has 33 students. State statute requires at least 65.
Joel Medley, director of the Office of Charter Schools, says after hearing about a botched mailing that hindered the marketing plan for the school, the advisory board decided it was best to give Douglass Academy a second chance.
“The waiver that was granted will in essence allow the charter school to up until the second month of next school year to meet the statutory minimum,” Medley said. “If they do not, then they must appear back before the Charter School Advisory Board, because that could indicate other issues.”
The NC Board of Education will make its final decision next month.
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