Amana Academy's plea to let it move into the Windward business park was denied Monday night, leaving the public charter school with few immediate choices. Ehab Jaleel explains in this video how the school will stay put, expresses disappointment and says where the school site search extended.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
The charter school's proponents said it provides a great education, but that wasn't a compelling enough reason to change Windward's Master Plan.
Alpharetta City Council denied Amana Academy's plan to move into the Windward Business Park, saying it wasn't the proper use of the land. The public charter school's governing board wanted to buy the 75,000-square-foot building on a site at Windward Parkway and Edison Drive that has been vacant for the past four years. The last occupant was a health center. The three stories of offices would be converted into classrooms, and the section of the building that has a 24-foot high ceiling would be used as the school's gym, Executive Director Ehab Jaleel said. "This building is perfectly suited for Amana Academy's award-wining program," Jaleel said in presenting the school's case for the change to the Windward Master Plan. During three hours of …
Monday, December 19, 2011
Alpharetta will start the night by saying goodbye to long-time mayor and council member Arthur Letchas, and council members Jim Paine and Cheryl Oakes.
Alpharetta City Council will consider on Monday, Dec. 19 if there is a compelling reason to let Amana Academy to relocate its school into a property within the Windward Master Plan area, something not currently allowed. If you want to get a seat for Monday's hearing, you'd better get to City Hall pretty early, at least by 6 p.m. An overflow crowd is expected and since the city fire marshal has set a limit on how many people can occupy council chambers, rules have been adopted. Fortunately the weather is rather mild, according to WeatherBug's forecast. The temperature is expected to be 53 degrees at 6 p.m. That's when the city will start issuing tickets on a first come, first served basis for the Amana Academy hearing. Those coming to the …
Friday, December 16, 2011
UPDATE: Fulton Science Academy asks city to defer its public hearing.
UPDATED 6 a.m., Dec. 17: Alpharetta City Council will consider on Monday, Dec. 19 if there is a compelling reason to let Amana Academy to relocate its school into a property within the Windward Master Plan area, something not currently allowed. Another public charter school, Fulton Science Academy, asked the city to defer a public hearing on its request for impact fee and building permit fee waivers. That should shorten the meeting by quite a bit for those waiting on the Amana Academy hearing. If you want to get a seat for Monday's hearing, you'd better get to City Hall pretty early, at least by 6 p.m. An overflow crowd is expected and since the city fire marshal has set a limit on how many people can occupy council chambers, rules have …
If you want to sit in council chambers for the Amana Academy hearing you'll have to get there as much as an hour and a half before the meeting begins.
As many of you are aware, the public hearing agenda for Monday, December 19 has received a fair amount of attention, and we are anticipating an above average assembly for that evening. As such, the Mayor has directed that we open our overflow location (PAL gym) and implement procedures that have proven useful in previous similar instances. These procedures affect mainly case MP-11-03/CU-11-01 Windward MP Amend/Amana Academy, the final item on the agenda, which is the hearing item that is generating the most attention. I would like to take a moment to provide an overview of the plan. Facilities: Seating capacity in the main Council Chambers is limited by Fire Code. The City has prepared an overflow location (the PAL gym located behind …
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Fulton Science Academy leads North Fulton middle schools
North Fulton middle schools score higher than the national average on the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS), and most did better than the state scoring averages. The scores are reported in percentiles and show how students compared with other students across the nation. ITBS percentile rankings are available for all Fulton County Schools online and as a pdf file posted with this story. The test was taken by third, fifth and eighth grade students. Fulton Science Academy Middle School ranked the highest for eighth graders. River Trail Middle School had the second highest showing in North Fulton. Amana Academy, another charter school in Alpharetta, had the biggest one year gains, jumping by at least 7 percent and as much as 24 percent in the …