The Smyrna Academy of Excellence will move forward as a Prek-12th grade private school opening in 2013-2014.
Smyrna Academy Of Excellence
Friday, September 14, 2012
Friday, September 7, 2012
School officials say they will move forward with plans to open an ‘affordable private school” for the 2013-2014 school year.
Smyrna Academy of Excellence officials received verbal confirmation that the Georgia Charter School Committee would recommend that the State Board of Education deny their petition to become a state chartered special school. “Our next step is a private school,” said LeAnn Boucher, a Smyrna Academy of Excellence volunteer. “They’ve gotten the ‘no’ recommendation that the Charter Committee is going to give the State Board of Education we’re going to move forward with a private school that will open in the 2013-2014 school year.” She said that school officials wouldn’t know why the committee recommended denying their petition until they receive a written recommendation. Earlier this summer the Cobb County School District denied the school a …
Friday, August 17, 2012
This is SAE's second attempt to secure a charter.
Monday Smyrna Academy of Excellence board members will attempt once more to secure a charter for their south Cobb school after being denied a charter by the Cobb County School Board in June. “The presenting team has spent a lot of time on the presentation and they’re really excited,” said LeAnn Boucher, a Smyrna Academy of Excellence volunteer. “They’ve got a lot of great information and spent a lot of time and due diligence putting it all together.” SAE officials will present to the state’s Charter School Committee. Boucher said the committee will deliberate and make a recommendation to the State Board of Education in two or three weeks. “At that point then they have to get it on the calendar for the State Board of Education,” she said. “…
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Here are some fun events happening in and around Cobb County this weekend.
Gospel Jam! What: Gospel Jam is an informal gathering of musicians, singers and listeners, meeting on the second Friday nights in the Fellowship Hall of Poplar Springs Baptist Church for around 15 years. String instrument players (guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, Dobro, bass, autoharp, etc.) and singers gather to play hymns and Gospel tunes, stand around the piano and sing and enjoy food and fellowship. Usually, there are about 25 musicians from many churches. Everyone is invited to participate - either by playing, singing, clapping hands and patting feet or listening. "Come give it a try, and help us make a Joyful Noise to the Lord," says Larry Holland, one of the organizers. Where: Poplar Springs Church 2056 Hiram Douglasville Hwy, …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The Laughing Skull Lounge, one of Atlanta's most popular comedy clubs, is bringing a comedy show to Smyrna on Saturday August 11 to benefit the Smyrna Academy of Excellence.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
SAE announces it will apply to the state as its own Local Education Authority and as a state chartered special school.
Monday, July 2, 2012
See what's up in the week ahead including a City Council meeting and a meeting for a new private school in South Cobb.
It's quiet for the week of Fourth of July in Smyrna-Vinings. Here’s a look at what’s coming up in the week ahead. Smyrna Academy of Excellence may have been denied a charter at last Thursday’s Cobb County Board of Education meeting, but that won’t stop its supporters from opening a school. Board members plan to open as a private K-12 school and will hold an informational meeting Monday at 6 p.m. at Taylor Brawner Park in Smyrna. Smyrna City Council meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall. There’s a light agenda on tap and you can watch the meeting live on TV19, the Cobb County government access channel. Vinings Business Association holds its monthly meeting Tuesday, July 3. This month it’s all about the businesses with a member spotlight…
Friday, June 29, 2012
After failing to get the votes they needed for a charter, Smyrna Academy of Excellence supporters decided to work to open a K-12 private school in south Cobb County.
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The board also approved several personnel reassignments.
Cobb Board of Education members went out of their way to praise the passion, organization and dedication of parents and community members behind the proposed Smyrna Academy of Excellence. But a majority of the school board could not give the charter school petition their votes when the measure came up during Thursday night's business meeting. Concerns over financing prompted a 4-3 split to turn down the SAE request, which also had been recommended for rejection by Cobb County School District superintendent Michael Hinojosa. "What I struggle with is separating the passion and the facts," vice chairman David Morgan told a crowded board meeting room full of SAE supporters. "If we approve the charter, the numbers don't add up. The …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The motion to approve SAE's charter was voted down 4-3.
Smyrna Academy of Excellence couldn’t get the votes it needed from the Cobb County School Board for its charter at Thursday’s meeting. Post 2 Board Member Tim Stultz, who represents Smyrna, made a motion to reject Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa’s recommendation not to grant the charter and to approve the petition. However, the motion could not get the votes it needed from the board even with the support of Post 1 Board Member Lynnda Eagle and Post 5 Board Member David Banks. Several board members praised the petition, but raised concerns over issues like special education instructors and classroom resources. Ultimately, board members said the decision came down to finances. “Quite frankly my struggle with this is separating the …