Bartow career academy charter approved
by Mark Andrews
Nov 17, 2012 | 1890 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, left front, is led on a tour of the Bartow County College and Career Academy by Bartow County School Superintendent John Harper during his visit Aug. 20.
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, left front, is led on a tour of the Bartow County College and Career Academy by Bartow County School Superintendent John Harper during his visit Aug. 20.
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On Wednesday, the Georgia Department of Education approved the charter application from the Bartow County College and Career Academy, designating the institution as an official charter program. The approval came the day after the charter interview committee met with both the Technical College System of Georgia and the GaDOE to review the grant and charter application.

“In tandem with the charter, we’ve applied for a grant through the state of Georgia, it goes through the Technical College System of Georgia, and we actually got to the top phase of that where they selected the top four, we went in for interviews,” Coordinator of Testing and Assessment Paul Sabin said. “We took a team of 13 community members and for about 45 minutes we had an interview process ..., that went really well and by Dec. 6 we’ll find out if we’ll receive somewhere between a $2 [million] and $3 million grant to use for renovations to the former Cass High School building.”

Currently, the former CHS on Grassdale Road serves as the Bartow County Learning Center, which includes the Bartow Virtual Academy.

“We still have a lot of work to do to get prepared for [opening the BCCCA], we have to get our students engaged and get them up to speed, get our curriculum completed, but we have been making progress and I’m very confident we’ll be ready to open,” Sabin said.

On Monday, the Bartow County Board of Education approved the program’s board of directors: Janet Queen — current chair of the BCCCA Advisory and special project coordinator for Georgia Power Plant Bowen located in Bartow County; Keith Sandlin — serves as Cartersville Medical Center chief executive officer, served on multiple boards to include the then-called Etowah Foundation and North Metro Technical College and Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce; Marty Sonenshine — executive director of Anverse Foundation; Linda Hazelip — Chattahoochee Technical College, special projects for school president; Lynne Gentry — parent of three children either attended or attending Bartow County Schools and selected by current high school principals; Richard Kollhoff — vice president, commercial banking for Bank of the Ozarks and served as chair of the BCCCA Charter Authoring Committee; and Dr. Laura Musselwhite — vice president for Academic and Student Affairs at Georgia Highlands College.

According to a press release, there will be ex-officio, or non-voting, members of the board as well. These include the system’s superintendent, the cooperating college presidents, the director for economic development for Bartow County, president/CEO of the chamber and the CEO, or designee, of the largest private employer in Bartow County as well as two high school students — one junior and one senior.

Students will be nominated by high school principals, approved by the CEO and will serve for one year each. A student junior representative may serve as the senior representative the following year. The number of ex-officio members may fluctuate based on the number of schools served.

With the exception of student members, there will be no term limits or staggering of terms for ex-officio members.

The BCCCA is expected to open fall 2013.