LITTLE ROCK — The state Board of Education on Monday rejected an application for an open-enrollment charter school in Lincoln and approved applications for six conversion charter schools.
The board voted not to approve a charter for America’s Charter School in Lincoln, a proposed open-enrollment charter school that would serve students in grades 8-12 with a proposed enrollment of 500 students.
The board previously tabled the application at its November meeting to allow the applicants time to clarify parts of their application. Board members said Monday they still had too many unanswered questions about the application to approve it.
The board approved six applications for conversion charter schools, or charter schools operated by local public school districts. They were:
—Blytheville High School — A New Tech School, to serve grades 9-12 with a proposed enrollment of 1,000 students.
—Rogers New Technology High School, to serve grades 9-12 with a proposed enrollment of 60 students.
—Murfreesboro High School, to serve grades 7-12 with a proposed enrollment of 600 students. Roger Featherston, superintendent of the South Pike County School District, said the district’s school board voted to transform the high school into a charter school but not change its name because the name of the district recently changed and the board wanted to avoid "upsetting more people."
—Brunson New Vision Charter School in Warren, to serve grades 4-5 with a proposed enrollment of 300 students.
—Washington Academy in Texarkana, to serve grades 9-12 with a proposed enrollment of 160 students.
—The Academies at Jonesboro High School, to serve grades 10-12 with a proposed enrollment of 1,800 students.
The board tabled an application for Miner Academy in Bauxite, saying it needed more information. The proposed school would serve grades 6-12 with a proposed enrollment of 500 students.
The board also granted a request by Responsive Education Solutions to create individual school boards for three open-enrollment charter schools it operates: Northwest Classical Academy in Bentonville, Premier High School of Little Rock and Quest Middle School of Pine Bluff.
A single board previously governed all three districts. Responsive Education Solutions will continue to have a governing board but will have separate boards for each school as well.