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Charter school group resubmits application

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The charter school group trying to open a school in Springfield has taken the next step required in the state's formation process, following last month's application denial by the Robertson County Board of Education.

On June 12, the school board rejected the application from the Springfield Preparatory Academy (SPA) board to open a charter school this fall in Springfield, citing shortfalls in the areas of academics, operations and finance/business.

There is an anticipated enrollment of 225 students for the first year of the charter school's operation. The school is proposed to begin with Kindergarten through third grade. Grade levels would be added by one level each year, gradually progressing to 450 students in grades K through 5 by 2021, the fourth year of its operation, if approved.

In June, a committee, headed by Robertson County Assistant Director of Schools Stephanie Mason, recommended the board reject the application.

Based on the findings of the review team, Mason said the charter application was not a complete and a coherent plan, so the review team recommended the board deny the charter school application.

The board approved that recommendation unanimously.

The SPA submitted an amended application on Tuesday, July 11, according to Raymond Francis, chairman of the charter school group's board of directors.

"We took what they said and made the necessary adjustments," Francis said. "We made the changes they asked us to make. So, the application has been amended, addressing those changes."

If SPA's amended application is again rejected by the Robertson County Board of Education, the group will be able to appeal to the State Board of Education within 10 days of the final decision by the school board, according to the Tennessee Department of Education's website.

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