Monday, April 22, 2013
The public charter school has filed a letter of intent to renew its charter, which expires after the 2013-2014 school year.
Amana Academy has closed on the 100,000 square foot Alpharetta Square shopping plaza on Main Street, which has been home to the public charter school since 2007. The school secured more than $8.6 million in bonds to buy the property. The school did not use any county or school district capital program dollars to acquire the property, according to an announcement posted on Alpharetta-Milton Patch by Ehab Jaleel, the school’s executive director and the school’s principal. Amana Academy spent three years trying to secure a permanent home for the Fulton County charter school. One of the attempts was to get rezoning to move into a building off Marconi Drive, but that met with disapproval from many in the Windward community and Alpharetta City …
Friday, April 12, 2013
The Fulton County Board of Education voted to terminate the public school's charter, and that decision is on appeal with the state school board.
Fulton Science Academy High School has asked the Georgia Board of Education to hold off in making a ruling on its charter termination appeal until it has a chance to find out if it can get a state charter instead. Rocco E. Testni of Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan, the law firm representing the school, sent a letter dated April 9 to the state board asking for the deferral. The Fulton County School System voted to terminate the public school's charter earlier this year, saying the school had the same lack of management and fiscal problems as Fulton Science Academy Middle School had before it lost its charter renewal bid. An audit report by a consultant for the school system said low enrollment contributed to the school’s inability to …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
International Charter School of Atlanta would potentially serve Forsyth, Fulton, Cherokee, Cobb, Gwinnett and DeKalb counties.
A group of parents hoping to bring a new charter school to South Forsyth that would potentially serve students in six counties, including Fulton, introduced themselves to the community at a Fowler Park town hall meeting in Cumming on Tuesday. The International Charter School of Atlanta, if approved, would be open to students from Forsyth, Fulton, Cherokee, Cobb, Gwinnett and DeKalb counties, with the ultimate goal of its students becoming bilingual. That's unlike existing charter schools in North Fulton, which have charters from the Fulton School District and cannot accept students from other districts. The school would implement a multi-language immersion program in all grades (K-8). Parents would choose a three-language track from …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The Georgia Department of Education was asked to help stop an attempt by Fulton County Schools to close the public charter school.
Fulton Science Academy High School formally asked the state to help keep the doors of the Alpharetta public charter school open. The Fulton Science Academy High School Governing Board issued the following statement: “The parents, students and faculty are committed to preserving the high school’s charter and the integrity of its universally recognized academic programs. We look forward to presenting our case to the state school board as well as the facts surrounding our charter and FSA’s successes as a high-performing STEM school," the board's statement, released Thursday afternoon, said. Fulton County Schools told the school's governing board it planned to close the school after this academic year, two years before its charter is …
Friday, December 21, 2012
The bank needs to sell the Fulton Science Academy property where a new school was to be built so it can recover the investment of bondholders.
A lawsuit against Fulton Science Academy is a step in the foreclosure process on school property that will allow Wells Fargo to recover the investment of bondholders, according to bank officials and the school's attorney. "Wells Fargo acts as a trustee for publicly held bonds and has a responsibility to recover the investment of the bondholders. Wells Fargo is following the appropriate legal procedures to foreclose on this property," said Jamie Dexter in a statement issued by Wells Fargo. The property is on Fanfare Way in Alpharetta, which is next to the west side of GA 400. Only the middle school organization was the target of the lawsuit, Dexter said. Fulton Sunshine Academy and Fulton Science Academy High School were named in the suit …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Fulton County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa passed the praise to Ehab Jaleel at a monthly meeting of principals and central office staff.
Monday, December 17, 2012
Sitting among principals from the 100 Fulton County schools and central office staff at their monthly meeting on Dec. 13, Amana Academy Principal Ehab Jaleel listened to the district's Superintendent, Dr. Robert Avossa, transition his remarks from leadership advice to recognizing key individuals with "game balls". The game ball portion of the meeting is highly anticipated; and Mr. Jaleel was stunned to hear his name called out. As he does at every month's Principals Meeting, Dr. Avossa hands out a football or basketball to a few select individuals working in the system who are nominated by their peers and evaluated by the Executive Committee for service and leadership. Ehab Jaleel was the first charter school leader to receive the honor. …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Fulton County Schools' Superintendent and its Board are looking to close the public charter school by ending its contract.
Fulton Science Academy High School's Governing Board has told Fulton County Schools that it wants to address a negative audit report at the Fulton County Board of Education's Dec. 18 meeting. "The Board has determined that we will do the right thing by taking the necessary steps to keep this charter school open," said Board Chairman Randall Morgan. "First and foremost, it is our intent to offer parents, and our children, the choice to pursue a first rate education. This charter school does just that and we appreciate the opportunity to present the facts to the school board." The audit report was the basis for Superintendent Robert Avossa's recommendation that the Board of Education vote to push for closing Fulton Science Academy High at …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Fulton Science Academy High School's governing board meets Thursday to make its decision on whether they want a hearing before the Fulton County Board of Education.
Fulton Science Academy High School's governing board will decide whether the school will ask for a hearing to fight a push by Fulton County Schools to close the school by terminating its charter contract. Principal Namik Sercan said the public school's governing board is working on its written response to each allegation raised in the IAG audit. The formal decision to appeal will be made Thurdsay, Dec. 13, he said, while the response will take a few more days to finalize. Sercan, responding to questions about the audit report's claims that Fulton Science Academy High failed to meet enrollment requirements, said its enrollment has grown for five years out of seven. The two years that showed declining enrollment were when its charter renewal…
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The public charter school's own board can request a hearing to be held Dec. 18, but the ultimate decision on the charter rests with the Georgia Department of Education.
CORRECTION: Through an editor's error, the original headline on this article named the school incorrectly. Fulton Science Academy High is the charter school affected, as the story stated. The Fulton County Board of Education today, Dec. 11, approved a recommendation to start the process to close Fulton Science Academy High School at the end of the school year. Superintendent Robert Avossa first made the recommendation to terminate the school's charter at a school board work session on Dec. 4. Avossa based his recommendation on what staff reports call "a history of insufficient governance capacity and poor decision-making on the part of the school’s governance board." An independent audit released to the school board on Dec. 4 was said to …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The online sessions given students in the AP U.S. history curriculum the chance to hear from some of the nation's best teachers and scholars
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
By Namik Sercan, Fulton Science Academy High Principal AP U.S. history students at Fulton Science Academy High School recently participated in a webinar with Professor Michael Schwartz of the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University in Ohio, part of an Ashbrook Center initiative to bring some of the nation’s best scholars and teachers of American history into the high school classroom. Professor Schwartz, who teaches classes in early American history at Ashland, joined the class via the WebEx web conference platform which allows students to see, hear, and speak with professors live and online. The webinars have been designed to track with the AP U.S. history curriculum. Students prepared for the session by reading assigned primary source …