Leon County Looks to Add New Charter School

Leon County is looking to add two new charter schools.

"Charter Schools are publicly funded, privately operated public school systems," says Brian Smith of the Ryan Companies.

Smith presented the application for Leon County's fifth charter school Wednesday 10-12 to the Department of Development Support and Environmental management.

"I think it provides an alternate education source so parents have a right to choose where their kids go to school," says Smith.

And while parents like Dana Strandridge like having more to chose from, they also feel pressured to make the right one when it comes to their kids.

"I'm torn between a public school where the education isn't quite as good and a private school where the education is good, but I feel my kids are trapped in a socio-economic group," says Standridge.

But when push comes to shove, Strandridge says having more choices will make for a better future for her children.

"If it's a school that's giving kids a good education. I'm all for another option," she says.

The school isn't scheduled to open until August at the earliest. But the proposed site for where it would be, would be over by the Buckwood neighborhood.

The plan calls for the sixty-four thousand square-foot facility to be built between Mahan and Buck Lake and would serve over fourteen hundred students from Kindergarten through eighth grade.

It's not known yet how much the school would cost to build or maintain or where the funding would come from. But if the school's charter application is accepted, construction could begin in January. 2012

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