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    Potential Loudoun charter school asks for delay in application

    The Loudoun Math and IT Academy Academy’s governing board has requested a three-month freeze in the application process for the proposed charter school.

    In a letter written by Ali Gokce, president of the Loudoun Math and IT Academy Funding Board, to the Eric Hornberger, chairman of the Loudoun County School Board, the LMITA board requested more time to improve its application.

    “In an effort to strengthen and make our application the best it can be, and to enable us to address the issues raised by the Select Committee, we believe this additional three months will be extremely helpful…,” Gokce said in the letter.

    Gocke also stated that, if granted the extra time, the Founding Board will seek to diversify their board, including adding more Loudoun residents, better detail the curriculum, obtain more fundraising pledges and review the budget, transportation and technology equipment requests in the application.

    The Academy has a targeted open date of fall 2014, modified at the suggestion of the Loudoun County School Board.

    The school board will evaluate the request at its next meeting on Jan. 22.

    Comments

    This application has been fraught with flaws from the beginning which is why two of the three members of the School Board select panel voted to deny the application. At retirement I was the Director for employee and labor relations for the NBC station in Chicago. Broadcasting is an environment that attracts many wannabes and I have seen my share of creative resumes over the years.

    I am not suggesting that this is the case with this application, but I have concerns that the brief biographies submitted with this application leave open questions. Before entrusting our children to any outside group or organization a detailed resume including month/year to month/year for each period of employment, reason for termination and a reference contact should be required from each applicant.

    Based on their oral presentations at the sessions I attended I came away thinking this group was “not ready for prime time.”
    It’s difficult to see what value delaying a decision on this application will provide.

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