Charter School Applications Approved

By: Erica Rakow Email
By: Erica Rakow Email

There could soon be three new charter schools in Bay County. The Bay District School Board approved three of five new charter school applications Tuesday.

The schools are Central Bay Haven Charter Academy Middle School, the Rising Leaders Academy and the St. Andrew bay land school.

Central Bay Haven Academy will be a Middle School. Chief Executive Officer of Bay Haven Charter Academy, Inc., Dr. Tim Kitts, says there are no concrete plans for the school such as a location or opening date.

The Rising Leaders Academy will be an elementary school with the option of expanding to K-12 that will include a mini medical school.

The St. Andrew Bay Land School application indicates it will be at the old airport site. It will be an elementary school that incorporates science, technology, engineering and math-or the STEM program.

Bay Haven Charter Academy Inc. submitted an application for two virtual schools. The board decided to postpone their vote until the December 13th school board meeting.


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  • by Momo3 Location: Panama Ci on Nov 13, 2011 at 05:21 PM
    I would be interested in a study of student performance in high school post-charter school as compared to those educated by public schools. That would probably be a better measure than FCAT scores.
  • by AL Location: FL on Nov 10, 2011 at 10:41 AM
    The state and the county does not mind paying to send a child to a charter school because it means less overhead for the county and state. The county and state dont have to pay for the teachers' salary, benefits, pension plans, building maintenance, school equipment, property maintenance, security, and all of the other expenses that i forgot to mention. It is a way of out sourcing education, and has been shown to be more cost effective, and the children are getting a better education than the state/county run schools are providing. Look for more charter schools in the future.
  • by ittybittyme Location: pc on Nov 10, 2011 at 07:17 AM
    "After adjusting for student demographic characteristics, charter school mean scores in reading and mathematics were lower, on average, than those for traditional public schools." source-National Center for Education Statistics http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2006460 Considering that your child can go to any public school that they live near and they can't if it's a charter school, our public tax dollars are better spent on public schools. Find alternative means to fund children going to other types of schools - corporate donations, etc. - and allow poor kids to go to those schools in that way - not my tax dollars.
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      by Bill on Nov 13, 2011 at 11:19 AM in reply to ittybittyme
      You tax dollars are not going to fund the charter school. Children in charter schools are usually wealthier than those in public school. Therefore the funding of all charter schools and some public schools is coming from the parents who send their kids to charter schools, not from your tax money.
  • by Richard Location: Panama City on Nov 9, 2011 at 12:30 PM
    Well how about that? Three more prima dona schools filled with teacher's kids! Or with kids that are deemed "too good" to attend regular schools like all the rest in bay County do! Makes me want to throw up! A total waste of our tax dollars pampering these brats!
  • by Sue Location: Panama City on Nov 9, 2011 at 06:49 AM
    Charter schools are used to educate children just like public school so whether our tax money goes to a charter or a public, it is going to educate children. Parents can choose a charter or public. Charter schools actually get less money but perform better.
  • by bill fields Location: Panama City on Nov 8, 2011 at 06:17 PM
    Who pays for these schools???Tax dollars???
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      by NBH Mom on Nov 9, 2011 at 04:54 PM in reply to bill fields
      Oh, wah, wah! It sounds like school was a LONG time ago for you, Bill. Thank God for better educated, future generations!
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        by ittybittyme on Nov 10, 2011 at 11:41 AM in reply to NBH Mom
        They won't be better educated by charter schools. Public schools out-perform charter schools. Google it.
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