A local nonprofit group is renewing its push to open a charter high school in Lafayette focused on career and technical education, but this time with a new partner.
Kingdom Builders Community Development Corporation’s had applied to open a charter high school last year but its application was rejected by both the Lafayette Parish School Board and the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
The nonprofit group has submitted a new application for consideration to start the Kingdom Collegiate Academy of Excellence in the 2016-17 school year with a goal of enrolling at least 150 ninth grade students. The high school would eventually grow each year to become a grade 9 through 12 high school.
“Our goal is that every graduating student will have marketable, industry-specific skills to meet the demands of both Lafayette’s economy and a high-tech, competitive global economy,” the application reads.
The nonprofit group made a similar pitch for a career-focused high school last year. This time it has partnered with another local nonprofit group, the St. Martin, Iberia, Lafayette Community Action Agency.
Students who attend the school would earn industry-based certification in career fields and participate in apprenticeships and work-based learning experiences.
The nonprofit group plans to hire EdTec, a California-based charter school business and development company, to help its business manager with the school’s operations.
The School Board must make a decision on the application by June.
In 2013, the School Board rejected charter school applications from two separate groups to open a total of five schools in the parish; however, BESE approved those applications.
In August 2014, three charter schools opened in the parish and a fourth will open in time for the 2015-16 school year. The fifth charter school, a high school is planned in the 2017-18 school year.
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