Town officials from both Angier and Fuquay-Varina were on hand Tuesday morning to help the organizers of a new charter school break ground on their facility on Angier’s north side.
Angier Mayor Lew Weatherspoon, Fuquay-Varina Mayor John Byrne and board members of the Carolina Charter Academy tossed the first shovels of dirt for the facility which will be located on N.C. 55. The site is in Wake County but within the town limits of Angier, near the Johnson’s Landing community.
The facility will be a tuition free, public charter school scheduled to open in the fall of 2019 for children in grades kindergarten through sixth grade. Enrollment is scheduled to begin in January.
Jaime Stoops is the school’s director and said it is the right time to open a school in the area.
“Wake, Harnett and Johnston counties are ripe for a new public school,” Mrs. Stoops said. “We will offer knowledge-based education which is what the children of this area need.”
Mayor Weatherspoon said the occasion was historic for his town.
“The groundbreaking of the Carolina Charter Academy marks the culmination of an idea that has led to the blending of Wake County, Harnett County and Johnston County students,” Mayor Weatherspoon said. “We are also making history because this is the first charter school ever in the history of Angier. Today is a day of hope for the future interwoven with the tradition of the past.”
Fuquay-Varina Mayor John Byrne said it will also help his town. The town has annexed areas within several miles of the school site, including the large Hidden Valley neighborhood which is under construction.
There will be approximately 500 homes in the development, which sits where the Hidden Valley golf course formerly operated on N.C. 55.
“This school will make a difference for the entire area,” Mr. Byrne said.
School officials say the initial enrollment will be 448 students. If the maximum number of students is reached, a lottery will be held to determine which students are allowed to enroll. The enrollment number will increase when grades seven and eight are added.
The new school will use the Core Knowledge Sequence and Singapore Math Curriculum. Officials say the programs will allow students to develop knowledge-based education to better understand the world.
According to the school’s website, seventh grade will be added in 2020 and eighth grade will be added in 2021.
The school will provide bus transportation for students. Officials anticipate two bus stops being established in the areas near the school. Enrollment will determine where the stops are located.
Lunches will be provided at the school, with parents always having the option of sending lunches from home.
For more information, visit the school website at carolinacharter.org.