A new Wake County charter school could open in Garner and not, as originally planned, in Raleigh.
As noted in this article in Sunday's Garner-Cleveland Record, leaders of the Longleaf School of the Arts are talking with the Garner Town Council about opening in a building next to the Garner Performing Arts Center. Dave Dahl, a member of Longleaf's board of directors, said they're looking at several locations but called the Garner option "an amazing opportunity."
But Longleaf said in its initial application it would be located in Raleigh. When the State Board of Education gave initial approval in September, it put the school under a clock to identify where it would open before the March vote on final approval.
Being in Raleigh seemed to be a big deal in the application.
On page 3, the application says that Longleaf will be "located in Raleigh." The application mentions that the school's board of directors has been talking with Raleigh's Citizen Advisory Councils to attract students that would represent a diverse enrollment.
Access to the school via Raleigh's bus system, Capital Area Transit, is also mentioned in the application.
"Longleaf School of the Arts has had many meetings with a representative of a property owner who owns an ideal property for LSA," according to the application. "This property is centrally located in Wake County, is on a city bus route, and would be conducive to allowing LSA to immediately begin a vibrant performing arts program. At this time, the Board of Directors is not able to disclose any further details about the property."
The application says the school's board of directors "is in discussion with Raleigh City Transportation" to get "the city to provide a GoPass for each student who needs one."