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Macon Charter Academy students to start school at Macon Centreplex

The first day Macon Charter Academy students attend school, Aug. 3, they will be dropped off at the Macon Coliseum.

MCA school leaders informed the parents of future students at a mandatory meeting Thursday evening that the first four days of classes will be taught at various Macon Centreplex locations.

Ron Boykins, the school leader, told parents that the walls of MCA can’t hold what they’ll be doing the first days of school amid parents’ cheers and applause. Beyond assessing students with tests, there was little more detail about what students could expect on the first day.

“There’s some different kinds of things we’ll be doing,” Boykins said.

On the first days of school, Boykins said, MCA will have Bibb County sheriff’s deputies to help guide traffic and parking at 7:30 a.m., before school starts at 8 a.m.

Students will start their day with breakfast at the arena and then have “breakout sessions” in Centreplex locations.

On Aug. 7, students will be out of school. On Aug. 9, MCA leaders plan to have the official open house at their 151 Madison St. location, Boykins said. Classes are scheduled to begin there the next day.

But The Telegraph previously reported that MCA’s building, which is still under construction, would not be ready to turn over to the school’s leaders until Aug. 17, according to Steve Moore, superintendent for Triangle Construction, the company handling construction.

Although the school will be operational after it’s turned over, it will still require furnishings and other equipment to be installed inside.

Uche Ezekwueche, a fifth-grade teacher for MCA, said she is overwhelmed with excitement for the start of school and is not concerned by any possible construction delays.

“It’s worth the wait,” she said.

Ezekwueche added that she used to teach at the Progressive Christian Academy -- which was located at the same site as MCA.

When she first heard about MCA, she said she “knew it was destiny” that she would teach at MCA.

Some parents at the meeting had mixed reactions to MCA’s start.

About half an hour into the meeting, Marcel Lundy said, “I really hope there is more information coming. It seems like a whole bunch of patting each other on the back.”

Lundy said except for the back-up plan — to notify parents where to drop their kids off Aug. 3 — there was no new information provided that wasn’t handed out at earlier mandatory meetings.

He said the Thursday evening meeting had “no meat and potatoes” and was more like a presentation by “good salesmen.”

Lundy, whose three children were accepted by MCA, is still uncertain about letting his kids attend the school. He has not unenrolled them from the Bibb County public schools.

Jarvis Ryans, however, said he feels good about MCA opening and isn’t concerned about the delays since he works in construction himself.

To contact writer David Schick, call 744-4382.

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