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RALEIGH, NC (WECT) - Four new charter schools could be on the way to southeastern North Carolina.
The North Carolina Office of Charter Schools received 61 applications to open charter schools by its April 13 deadline.
WECT.com searched through the applications and found four with ties to our local counties.
An application has been submitted to open Douglass Academy in downtown Wilmington, which would target students in grades K through 5 who live in public housing. For a time, the New Hanover County Board of Education attempted to turn D.C. Virgo Middle into a charter school. However, the North Carolina Public Charter School Advisory Council rejected the application late last year due to concerns about the "design of the governance" of the school.
The folks who run Roger Bacon Academy in Leland would run the proposed Douglass Academy.
There are also applications on file to open Island Montessori Charter School in Carolina Beach for elementary school students, Paul Brown Leadership Academy in Elizabethtown for 6th through 12th graders, and Flemington Academy in Lake Waccamaw for children who are in the Boys & Girls Home of North Carolina, as well as students in the surrounding area.
The Public Charter School Advisory Council will review the applications at its next meeting on April 24-25. The General Assembly recently lifted the cap on charter schools in North Carolina, which had previously limited to 100.
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