Classes Just One Month Away at Clarksdale Charter School

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CLARKSDALE, MS (Ben Caxton) — Teachers and staff will begin work at Clarksdale’s first charter school in two weeks, and classes will begin July 25th at Clarksdale Collegiate Public Charter School. Three buses will run two routes, picking up some of the 150 kindergarten to second-grade students according to executive director Amanda Johnson. All of the first-and-second graders who applied have been accepted, and there’s a short waiting list for kindergarteners. She added that most of the students and teachers came from Coahoma County, although a few students are coming from North Bolivar and Quitman Counties. Meanwhile, work continues for three groups who have passed the first round of applications to open Charter Schools in Leflore County. Dr. Tamala Boyd Shaw of Mississippi Delta Academies is proposing a grades 6 through 8 college preparatory middle school, Dr. Nancy New of Mississippi Community Education Center wants to open a Kindergarten through 3rd grade charter offering community-based education emphasisizing creative and critical thinking skills, and Mary Williams is asking for a license for a “Girls Club & Learning Center” serving students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The next hurdle the groups face is a July 9 “Quality Review” by the state. The Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board will make final decisions on any remaining applications in early September.



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