Posted: Mar 2, 2012 9:42 PM by Maddie Garrett
Updated: Mar 2, 2012 10:33 PM
The new charter school in St. Landry Parish, J.S. Clark Leadership Academy, got the ball rolling Friday night, with one of its first meetings for parents that focused on enrollment.
"I am so interested and so ready for this charter school to start, it's a long time coming," said parent Mary Jackson.
Jackson said she came to Friday's meeting with one goal in mind: To get her child signed up for the J.S. Clark Leadership Academy.
"The public system that they have now is crazy, and if I had to, and if the Charter school wasn't here, and I had to put them in private school I would get me a third job and do it," she said.
Principal, Dr. Marcil Seals, said he's ready for new students, a new school, and new beginnings in St. Landry Parish.
"I'm excited, we've been looking forward to this for a very long time and now is the chance for us to create a partnership with the parents in putting this school together," said Seals.
But he said parents need to act fast because they're only taking 180 students, grades 5, 6 and 7 for the upcoming school year. And come early April, the school will hold a random lottery to set enrollment and start a waiting list.
"So right now it's simply a matter of creating awareness among the population, letting them know that we are here, and allowing parents to start applying early."
The charter school faculty said they plan to hold more public meetings before April.