Thursday, May 10, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
ATLANTA -- After its rejection earlier this year by the Gwinnett County Board of Education, Ivy Prep Academy was approved Thursday for a two-year state charter.
The State Board of education granted a charter to the Norcross-based all-girl school during its regular board meeting, a move that school founder Nina Gilbert said "will allow us to continue to educate our students in peace."
On Jan. 19, the Gwinnett County Board of Education voted to reject a charter extension for the school's local campus as well as a proposed new location.
The decision came after a district charter review committee cited "significant deficiencies" including its financials and curriculum as well as the school's vision.
Gilbert said the school has since addressed the concerns raised by the district's review committee.
"The state did a thorough job of having us address each area," Gilbert said.
According to documentation from the state board of education meeting the two-year charter was granted in order to "give Ivy Prep a chance to make a transition from its current management company to self-management ... Ivy Prep has demonstrated strong student achievement despite the unpredictable revenue stream received under each successive charter."
Ivy Prep started in 2008 as a state-chartered special school. The facility was later approved in 2009 by the Georgia Charter Schools Commission.
After the Georgia Supreme Court declared the law unconstitutional that created the commission, Gwinnett County Public Schools granted Ivy Prep a one-year charter in 2011.
The document from Thursday's board meeting states that the recently granted two-year charter "will allow the school to implement their new strategic plan, including a transition to self management, and focus on becoming a highly sustainable charter school."
Gilbert said the state charter will begin during the 2012-13 school year.
"We want to continue to have Ivy Prep in Gwinnett as an option for parents," Gilbert said.