PBC School District: WPB Charter School Plan Meets All Criteria
WPB’s Charter School Plan Now Set For School Board Vote
September 6, 2013
(West Palm Beach, FL) – The Palm Beach County School District has determined the city of West Palm Beach’s application to open a charter school meets all the required criteria to move forward.
In a letter to the city, the School District wrote it now plans to take action on the proposal next week.
District officials say the city’s charter school plan meets all the required standards, which according to the rules means the city’s plan “reflects a thorough understanding of key issues” and shows the city is able to “open and operate a quality charter school.”
West Palm Beach is seeking to become one of very few municipalities in the state of Florida to operate a charter school.
It would be what is called a “municipal charter school,” meaning the charter would be issued to the city itself, although the city would hire outside experts to actually run school operations.
“This is a great opportunity for the boys and girls here in West Palm Beach, and it has been important to me both personally and professionally since I began serving on the Commission,” said West Palm Beach Commissioner Kimberly Mitchell.
“Great cities have great schools. Period,” added Mitchell. “Whatever we can do to ensure our children reach the highest levels is the best thing we can do for our city.”
The city’s charter school plan centers around a K-5 elementary school in the north end of the city. The exact location has not yet been determined, but regardless of its location, it will be open to students from all sections of the city.
“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.”
The city is working towards opening the school for the 2014-2015 academic year.