2018-06-27 / Front Page

PCA eyeing Decatur Co. charter

The News learned from articles in the Bainbridge Post Searchlight and Donalsonville News that Patuala Charter Academy is fielding interest to start a school in Decatur County.

School Superintendent Tim Cochran told the Decatur County Board of Education Thursday that he anticipates PCA will present a charter to the board by the July 6 deadline.

Cochran said PCA will also have to present the proposed charter to the Seminole and Miller school boards and the state by July 6.

School officials in those counties are pushing back against the idea of PCA “replicating the Edison campus in Bainbridge.”

Cochran plans to attend the hearing at which the state will decide on the proposed charter school. He plans to take a petition, along with data and letters from concerned community members to prove to the state that “this is a community who does not feel they would benefit from this school.”

Seminole County School Superintendent Brinson Register told the Donaldsonville News he, too, will be attending the hearing.

PCA Superintendent Kylie Holley stated at recent meetings in the three counties she wanted parents to realize there was another choice available for their children’s education.

Register stated Seminole County stands to lose roughly $3,500 per student to PCA if the replication is approved.

He also stated, to replicate the Edison campus in the tri-county area of Seminole, Miller and Decatur County is not based on the idea that PCA will provide a superior education.

PCA originally held a meeting about opening a school in Decatur County at the Kirbo Center in March and since has held meeting in Miller and Seminole counties.

PCA has since hired an administrator from Calhoun County for the Decatur County school, although it has yet to be approved.

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