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Six charters eye 2015 opening

Six new charter schools eye 2015 opening

Six groups have submitted letters of intent to apply for permission to operate new charter schools in Maine in 2015.

Letters of intent to apply for charter approval were due last week. While only four potential applicants attended an informational session with the commission earlier in the month, two more sent in their letters of interest.

The six likely applicants are:

  • All of ME Academy, contracting with the Margaret Murphy Centers for Children, which specializes in autism and other developmental disabilities; located in the Lewiston-Auburn area; serving pre-K through first-grade initially and expanding to grades 2-6 in five years; contact person, Michelle Hathaway.
  • Compass Academy of Science and Exploration, a STEM school plus arts; located in Kennebunk; serving K-5; contact person Amanda Downing.
  • Inspire ME Academy, located in York County; serving grades 4-6 with goal to add up to eighth-grade; contact person, Renee Morin.
  • The Maine International Charter School, located in Southern Maine; serving grades 9-12; contact person John Stadler.
  • Maine Virtual Academy, contracting with K-12 Inc.; serving grades 7-12 statewide; contact person Amy Carlisle.
  • Snow Pond Arts Academy, affiliated with New England Music Camp; located in Sidney; serving grades 9-12; contact person John Wiggin.

Those who have submitted letters of intent to apply must have their full applications into the commission by Aug. 25 in order to be considered for a fall 2015 opening.

The commission already has approved six charter schools, with five in operation and the sixth, a virtual school, scheduled to open in the fall. Under law the commission can only approve 10 schools in total through 2021.

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