Bibb County school board members could approve a pair of charter school applications during their Thursday meeting.
Parents and school board members alike may recognize some of the organizers. Former Westside High School Principal Laura Perkins is helping plan The Academy for Classical Education.
The Macon Charter Academys backers include Charles and Monya Rutland, whod previously gotten and lost local school board support for an earlier project.
The Academy for Classical Education aims to open in August 2014 with about 760 students, serving kindergarten through eighth grade. The school plans to nearly double, to 1,460 students, as it grows to offer high school classes.
That schools application said it plans to offer a rigorous, structured education that develops students minds. The school would be rooted in history, such as having students who are studying ancient Greece in history class reading literature such as The Odyssey and the poetry of Homer, while art instruction could draw from classical Greek architecture and math and science classes explore the work of Archimedes, the school founders wrote in an application.
The Macon Charter Academy also plans to open in the fall of 2014, serving kindergarten through fifth grade. It would expand to serve middle school students, Charles Rutland wrote.
Our vision for Macon Charter Academy is to provide an exceptional academic setting that will allow students to realize and develop their full learning potential, Rutland wrote. Our mission for Macon Charter Academy is to promote academic achievement through the innovative use of curriculum and technology to insure that students will learn and will be prepared to move to the next level of their academic and social development.
Details of the Macon Charter Academy were not available Wednesday.
The Rutlands were supporters of the Macon Academy of Excellence, which became Bibb Countys first approved charter school and went on to get state support. But the school was supposed to have opened a year ago, and the local school board rescinded its support after two school management companies left the project and school system officials said the school wasnt addressing curriculum and other issues in time for the opening.
The school boards discussion is expected to begin in a 4 p.m. Thursday work session in the board room at 484 Mulberry St. Approval could come during a 6:30 p.m. meeting.
The school board is also planning a retreat starting at 2 p.m. Friday, with a second day beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. That retreat will be held at the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins.
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