GROVETOWN, Ga. (WJBF)- At a town hall meeting Saturday, dozens of parents learned more about a charter school slated to open in Columbia County next year.
Administrators at School of Arts-Infused Learning, or SAIL, hosted a town hall meeting at a Grovetown church Saturday morning where they spoke about their plans for the school.
SAIL has been in the works for three years now. The Georgia State Charter Schools Commission approved the school early this Fall, which puts it on track to becoming the first charter institute in Richmond or Columbia County. Now, it’s in the final stretch.
“We’re just trying to get information out to people in the surrounding counties,” said Mark Boyd, who is chairman of the board at SAIL.
The school will start with grades K-6, but will add a grade level each year to become a full Kindergarten through 8th grade school by 2019.
Now, administrators are focusing on recruiting students and teachers. At a town hall in Grovetown Saturday morning, they took questions from the dozens of parents
“Many of them are interested in curriculum,” Boyd said.
Boyd says parents were also curious about the school’s location.
This week, they are planning to close on a plot on Willie Daniel Drive in Evans, which is between Washington Road and Blanchard Woods Park.
Parents also wanted to know about the admissions process.
“We will have students eligible to enroll in the school till January 15th, and then we have so many seats per grade level, and any that exceed that, which right now we have exceeded in every great level…so on Feb. 1, we will have a lottery,” Boyd said. “Every student who has applied will be drawn out.”
But no one will be rejected. The students who don’t get in with the lottery system will be put on a waiting list. If a child gets in but their siblings don’t, their siblings will be able to attend the next year.
Again, SAIL is a public school, so it dosen’t cost anything to go there.
The school haa room for 500 students, but slightly more than 500 have applied. Administrators expect that number to increase as the January 15th deadline approaches.
Students throughout the state of Georgia are eligible for enrollment.
SAIL town halls will also be held this week in Thomson, Ga. and Lincolnton, Ga.