WPB Charter School Letter of Intent Sent to School District
July 8, 2013
(West Palm Beach, FL) – The City of West Palm Beach has sent official notice to school officials that it plans on opening its own elementary school.
In a Letter of Intent sent to the School District of Palm Beach County, city officials wrote West Palm Beach “will seek to improve the education being provided the students in the municipality by inaugurating a municipal charter school for grades K-5.”
West Palm Beach is seeking to become one of very few municipalities in the state of Florida to operate a charter school.
“This is the beginning of the process of West Palm Beach planting its flag and saying we want to be and will be the education city in the state of Florida,” said West Palm Beach Commissioner Kimberly Mitchell.
The city is working towards opening the school for the 2014-2015 academic year. Several details will need to be worked out before then. Among them are location and operating budget. According to the information send to the School District several locations within the city are being explored for the location of the school.
“Having high quality schools is essential,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “Not only do they help our children succeed, but they help the entire city succeed. Having top rated schools is one of the key priorities that business leaders look for when considering where to locate.”
At a recent meeting, the City Commission gave their general consensus 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.
A full 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.