Former Westside principal Laura Perkins (L) and former Westside graduation coach Esterine Stokes (R)
Two former educators with the Bibb School District have sent a letter of intent to apply for a Charter School.
13WMAZ has obtained a copy of the letter sent to the Georgia Department of Education and dated March 21.
In an interview Tuesday, former Westside High School Principal Laura Perkins and Esterine Stokes, a former teacher and Graduation Coach at the same school, said they would like to see the Academy for Classical Education (ACE) open in Bibb County, in the fall of 2014.
Initially the concept is designed for middle school grades (6th, 7th and 8th) and require about 40 teachers. The two said there would be room for 150 to 200 students per grade and parents would apply and be selected on a lottery basis.
"There is no silver bullet in solving our educational challenges. Under our model we plan on using a classical education model in a blended learning environment. Classical education methods train the mind to gather, organize and use information," Perkins said.
Stokes told us, "Next in the process the State Dept. of Education will notify the local board of our intent. Soon we will be asked to complete an application process. We aren't sure if we will present the application to the newly formed State Charter Commission or the Dept. of Education. Either would be acceptable, according to the code."
The founders of ACE say they have not determined where the school would be located.
In August, 2011, Supt. Romain Dallemand tried to fire Perkins as Westside principal. He told the school board that she had violated the district's bidding process. The termination letter also charged Perkins with being incompetent, wilfully neglecting her duties and misleading the school district about the matter.
But a month later, Dallemand reinstated Perkins and admitted that she'd done nothing wrong.
Letter of Intent: Academy for Classical Education