SUWANEE -- Gwinnett County Board of Education members voted Thursday to deny a charter extension of Ivy Prep Academy's Gwinnett campus as well as a proposed new location. Officials with Ivy Prep are headed to the state to try to get approval there.
The decision came after a district charter review committee recommended the board not grant a five-year charter extension for the Gwinnett campus, citing "significant deficiencies" including its financials and curriculum as well as its vision.
The Gwinnett County Board of Education has given Ivy Prep, a charter school, 30 days to submit a new proposal.
Representatives from Ivy Prep were undeterred by the school board's vote.
"Our students will not be affected by this," said founder Nina Gilbert. "We've been here before, and we're confident we're going to be able to move forward and get state approval to make sure our instruction is not disrupted and none of our students at Ivy Prep Academy at Gwinnett are displaced."
Following a court decision that shuttered the state commission created to fund charter schools, the Georgia Board of Education approved an agreement between Norcoss-based Ivy Prep and Gwinnett County Public Schools that kept the charter school open.
Gwinnett Schools approved a one-year contract last year to allow the school to continue to operate. The local campus operates as a Gwinnett County charter school with nearly 500 sixth- through ninth-grade girls.
The proposed Young Men's Leadership Academy, which would serve boys in sixth through 12th grade, was denied by the school board as well.
Victoria Hudson, a principal with Ivy Prep Academy, said, "we have always known this was possible and even probable. We stand prepared to transition to state charter special schools once our petition has been reviewed and approved by the state board of education."
For more information about Ivy Prep, visit www.ivyprepacademy.org.