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Collegiate Academies’ future growth to come from new schools, not takeovers

Collegiate Academies plans to grow in the future by opening new schools, not by taking over failing ones as it did with the former George Washington Carver High School, according to a decision-making chart outlined at a recent board meeting.

The board’s growth committee, led by board member Lisa Daggs, presented the chart at its meeting on March 19. Daggs said Collegiate Academies would consider only opening new schools, not turnaround schools. The state takes failing schools from charter organizations and hands them off to other schools to see if they can do better.

Collegiate Academies, like many local charter management organizations, has considered expanding to the Baton Rouge area. Daggs said the charter organization is in the process of identifying a potential leader for a new school.

The board also voted to allow three new board members — Stephen Rosenthal, Kevin Wilkins and Gregory St. Etienne — to serve out the remaining terms for resigning members.

Until all three terms expire in June, Rosenthal will complete Dana Henry’s term, Wilkins will complete Salmon Shomade’s term, and St. Etienne will complete the term for Elizabeth Shaw, who moved to Colorado shortly after her appointment to the board.

Henry and Shomade, founding board members, left the board this year because of time constraints.

The board also voted to approve the charter organization’s 990 tax form. All board members were present. The next meeting will be held April 23 at Sci Academy.

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