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 …
Monday, February 4, 2013
The local public charter school had 10 first place finishers, who qualified for the statewide technology fair.
Monday, February 4
Students representing Fulton Science Academy High School took top honors at the Fulton County Regional Technology Fair Competition for the fifth straight year, the school reported today. First place finishers will face off against more than 400 of their peers from across the state at the annual Georgia Educational Technology Fair at Macon State College. In March, students will compete in categories ranging from digital video production, individual and team programming challenge, Web 2.0 Internet applications, animated graphic design to 3D modeling. The high school's team claimed 10 first place, 11 second place and 4 third place honors at the regional competition. FIRST PLACE WINNERS
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 …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
The bank claims the schools are in default on an $18.9 million loan.
Three schools are being sued in federal court by Wells Fargo over an $18.9 million loan default. Fulton Science Academy, Fulton Sunshine Academy and Fulton Educational Services (which operates Fulton Science Academy High), are named in the civil suit filed in U.S. District Court on Dec. 17, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reported. On. Nov. 1, 2011, the defendants entered an agreement that appointed New York Mellon as trustee of bonds to finance a project to buy land and build a new school. On March 30 2012, Wells Fargo took over as trustee. A real estate deed was used to secure the debt. "Defendants have failed to meet their repayment obligations for those funds under the terms of the Note. The Note has been accelerated with payment in …
Monday, December 17, 2012
The Fulton County Board of Education considers the possible end of the school's charter.
Fulton Science Academy High School will have its hearing on the possible termination of its charter on Tuesday, Dec. 18. The hearing will be 10 a.m. at the school system’s Administrative Center, located at 786 Cleveland Avenue SW in Atlanta. On Dec. 4, Superintendent of Schools Robert Avossa delivered an audit report to the school board at their work session. Based on the audit report, Avossa said he would recommend terminating the public charter school's contract,. That would close the school at the end of the current school year. A week later, on Dec. 11. the school board voted to pursue terminating the Fulton Science Academy High charter. The school's governing board was offered the opportunity of a hearing on Dec. 18. On Thursday, …
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 …
Robert Avossa today will present to the Fulton School Board an auditor's report in support of a letter of termination of the public charter school's contract he plans to send to the school.
Fulton Science Academy High School will close at the end of the school year if the Fulton School Board agrees the school's charter contract has been violated and the school must close. Superintendent of Schools Robert Avossa is expected to ask the Fulton School Board to terminate the charter school contract with Fulton Science Academy High School in Alpharetta during a work session today. Avossa wrote a letter dated Dec. 4 that detailed reasons for the termination recommendation, many of which mirrored reasons given when Fulton Science Academy Middle School was unable to renew its charter. This letter is part of the supporting documents posted with the Dec. 4 work session agenda for the Fulton School Board. "This action is necessary …