City Moves Ahead with Plans to Open a Charter School in WPB
Watch video of several comments below
June 12, 2013
(West Palm Beach, FL) – Plans to open a new charter school in the city of West Palm Beach are moving ahead, with officials working towards an August 1st deadline to file the city’s application.
On Wednesday, Mayor Jeri Muoio together with City Commissioners met with an expert hired by the city to head up the project.
During a two hour discussion, city leaders hammered out some broad guidelines regarding what they want the school to look like. Among the general questions were grade levels, location, and number of students.
The general consensus among commissioners and the Mayor was to focus on an elementary school in the north end of the city starting with grades 1st through 3rd and eventually growing to include 4th and 5th grade.
It would be what is called a “municipal charter school,” meaning the charter would be issued to the city itself, although city leaders expressed a desire to hire outside experts to actually run school operations.
During the discussion, several comments were made regarding why city leaders believe a charter school is needed inside the City of West Palm Beach.
Below is video of comments made by both West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio as well as West Palm Beach Commissioner Kimberly Mitchell.
An application for the charter school is due to the Palm Beach County School District by August 1, 2013 if there is to be any chance of a new school opening for the 2014/2015 school year.