Alpharetta charter school runs into state hurdle - CBS46 News

Alpharetta charter school runs into state hurdle

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ALPHARETTA, GA (CBS46) -

State education leaders have told Fulton Science Academy Middle School in Alpharetta that it needs state approval before it can move forward with construction on a new campus.

The charter school received approval for the site from Fulton County last November. 

However, the county school board later refused to renew the academy's contract, forcing the academy to apply for a state charter this month.  The state now says it must approve the campus' site plans.

"We've provided them with all the documentation that they wanted, so we're confident that there won't be a problem with the site approval," said Angela Lassetter, an academy board member.

The school said it has provided all the documents Georgia's Department of Education has requested and is working with the agency on the site approval process.

"The advice that we're giving them is not to give up but to seek now possible legal advice and legal remedies," said Tony Roberts, president of the Georgia Charter Schools Association.  "From our review of what they've done, they've done everything by the books." 

A Department of Education spokesman said it does not want to stop construction, but needs to review the school's plans.

"All we're trying to do is make sure kids are safe," said Matt Cardoza, a spokesman for the department.

In the meantime, academy administrators continue trying to raise $2 million, the money it will lose since the county refused to renew its charter.

"I think that this is the highest and the fastest fundraising that any charter school has seen in the state of Georgia," said Academy Executive Director Ali Ozer.

To date, Ozer said the school has raised nearly $300,000.

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