A new charter school approved for Chapel Hill will not open next school year as planned.
The Howard and Lillian Lee Scholars Charter school won a fast-track approval from the state in March to open in Chapel Hill in August, but the process of getting its land and building permits hasn’t moved quite so quickly. The school will delay its opening until 2013, according to a letter from Doris Jackson, president of the school’s board of directors.
“We are frustrated by this delay, not only as a governing board, but also as community leaders who desire to create a quality, public charter school,” Jackson said in the letter. “Though our facility efforts have been delayed our commitment to the children and families of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area have not wavered; we are still very excited about the opportunity to serve them.”
The school, which is owned and managed by the National Heritage Academies, a for-profit charter school company based in Michigan, has agreed to buy land to build a new school on seven 7 acres in the eastern part of the Claremont South Development on Homestead Road in Carrboro, said Joe DiBenedetto, spokesman for National Heritage Academies.
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