Around 30 fourth-grade students from Global Academy received letters Wednesday informing them they will have to stop attending the charter school and instead matriculate to the schools they were originally zoned to attend.
The Metro school board decided recently the academy had not been approved for the fourth grade, according to MNPS spokeswoman Kena Cleveland, who added they will have to attend the zoned schools for the remainder of the year.
Global Academy administrators say they are not sure where the confusion over the charter happened.
“We submitted a couple of applications. We could have submitted a wrong page or two in one of them, we don't know,” said Dr. Edwina Harris Hamby, the school's president, CEO and executive principal.
Hamby said she was under the impression that the school had been approved for the fourth grade.
“I do know back in March when I phoned the school board office and talked to the individuals who worked with the charter schools at that junction and had them check, I was told that we had fourth grade.”
The school plans to accept the board's decision and move forward. Global Academy is scheduled to have fourth and fifth grades in the 2010-2011 school year.
“Hopefully some of the children that are leaving the fourth grade will come back to us as fifth graders,” Hamby said.