Three charter school applications submitted to the state

Posted Aug. 30, 2014, at 5:50 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Three charter school applications were submitted to the Maine Charter School Commission by the deadline Monday, according to the commission’s executive director, Bob Kautz.

The schools that applied are Inspire ME Academy, which would be a middle school based in York County; Acadia Academy, an early elementary grade school that would be based in Lewiston-Auburn; and Maine Virtual Academy, an online school that is applying for the third time and would serve grades kindergarten through 12.

If complete, these applications will be reviewed, the applicants will be interviewed and public hearings will take place over the course of several months. The commission will vote on each application Nov. 13.

Under the 2011 charter school law, the Maine Charter School Commission can authorize up to 10 charter schools within 10 years. This fall, there will be six charter schools in Maine: Baxter Academy for Technology and Science in Portland, Fiddlehead School of Arts and Science in Gray, Harpswell Coastal Academy, Cornville Regional Charter School, Maine Academy of Natural Sciences in Hinckley and Maine Connections Academy, an online school that has enrolled students from across the state.

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