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Four new charters expected to submit formal applications

Four potential charter school operators are expected to hand in their formal applications by today’s 5 p.m. deadline to be considered for one of the three available charter slots allowed under state law.
The four likely applicants include:
  • 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.
  • Acadia Academy, affiliated with the Margaret Murphy Center for Children. 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.
A fifth school, Sheepscot Bay Charter School in Wiscasset, filed a letter of intent to apply, but is not submitting an application.
The four applications, if all arrive by the deadline, will be reviewed by three-member teams made up of Maine Charter Commission members, who will recommend whether the applications should then move to the public hearing phase.  That decision will be made on Oct. 13, and those still in the running will have public hearings in late October. The commission will make a final vote on granting charters on Nov. 17.
The state already has seven charter schools in operation – the newest, Maine Virtual Academy – started school today. Under the charter school law passed in 2011, the commission can only approve 10 charter schools through 2021.

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