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One applicant applies for final charter school slot – September 16, 2016

Only one applicant, Wayfinder Schools, which already serves at-risk students, has applied for the last charter school authorization allowed under a 10-school cap in Maine law.

Two other applicants that had expressed interest did not file formal applications.

Wayfinder Schools, established through the merger in 2011 of The Community School of Camden and Opportunity Farm in New Gloucester, is proposing Wayfinder Academy, offering programs that build off what is currently being done by its parent. The Wayfinder Schools board of directors voted in August to financially support the charter school, if approved, to cover any deficit, if state funding and donations don’t prove sufficient, according to a notice in its application.

The Academy would offer a program already in existence called Passages, a home-based high school degree program for expecting and young parents. It also would have a residential program on Wayfinder Schools Opportunity Farm Campus in New Gloucester. It hopes to initially enroll 100 students.

The Maine Charter Commission has scheduled a public interview with the applicant for Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Cross Office Building, Augusta, Room #500. A public hearing will be held in October and a final vote will be held on Nov. 8

Under the state’s charter school law, which allows only 10 schools in the 10 years following the passage of the law, there is room for only one more school through 2021. There are 9 schools currently operating, including Acadia Academy in Lewiston and Snow Pond Arts Academy in Sidney, which opened this fall.

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