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Five potential charter applicants for three slots
Five groups have sent in letters of intent to apply for permission to open new charter schools in Maine in 2016 – a number that will have to be winnowed down since only three slots remain available under the state’s charter law.
Three of the five potential applicants have expressed interest in past years to the Maine Charter School Commission. A maximum of three can get approval, since Maine’s charter law allows 10 charters to be approved between 2011, when the charter law passed, and 2021. There already are seven charters in the state, with the newest one – the state’s second virtual school – slated to open in the fall.
The list of those interested in applying includes:
Snow Pond Arts Academy, affiliated with the New England Music Camp in Sidney; serving grades 9-12; contact person John Wiggin. Filed letter of intent to apply last year, but never went through the full application process.
Formerly the All of ME Academy, affiliated with the Margaret Murphy Center for Children, with a new name yet to be determined. Serving pre-K through grade 6 in the Lewiston-Auburn area. Contact person, Michelle Hathaway. Submitted application in 2014, but was not approved.
Inspire ME Academy, serving grades 4-8 in York County. Submitted application in 2014, but was not approved.
Peridot Montessori Charter School, serving pre-K through grade 8, in Hancock County. Contact person, Andrea Faurot.
Sheepscot Bay Charter School, serving grades 9-12, at the site of the old Wiscasset Primary School. Contact person, Sarah Hubert Ricker.
The next step is for the potential applicants to file a formal application by the Sept. 1 deadline.