Cherokee Charter Academy enrollment is above projection and the carpool line is getting more efficient, according to a school report presented at the Local Governing Council meeting Sept. 25.
Cherokee Charter Academy Principal Dr. Scott O’Prey gave a school report at the meeting, and said the school had already met its enrollment goal for the year.
“We met our 1,085 (goal), we are shooting for 1,108, and as of (Sept. 25), we are right at 1,100,” O’Prey said. “We have offers out and we’re just waiting to hear back.”
O’Prey said if enrollment rises to 1,108, it would be about 10 percent above the budgeted enrollment, but noted 50 students withdraw from the school in August.
The reasons provided by the 50 withdrawals were: 12 moving out of the area, 17 stated transportation/busing, two not satisfied with administration, four leaving to home school and 15 leaving to go to a local school.
Council Chair Heather Blevins said some students probably left to go to a traditional public high school, and said the August withdrawal number could also have been affected by students leaving over the summer without notifying the school.
“In a school of choice we could still be the best, and somebody would want an art program at a different school. So that’s the reality,” Blevins said.
O’Prey said the school began opening the carpool lines five minutes earlier each day, and in those first five minutes the school is able to get 40 cars through the line.
“Carpool, even though we had rain … we’ve been starting school on time since the first day of school,” O’Prey said. “School’s starting on time, that’s what I’m in charge of.”
Blevins said she brought children to school during the week, and “as a parent, I think it’s fine.”
Also during the meeting, O’Prey said the cafeteria got a detailed cleaning, maintenance was done in the clinic and bathroom stalls, and the exterior light for the street sign was repaired.
Along with Blevins and O’Prey, those who attended the meeting included: council members Danny Dukes, Larry Blase, Dudley Wass, Sean Jerguson and Jonathan Pfohl; and Charter Schools USA representatives Hillary Daigle, Kelly Wallace and Matthew Ingram.
The next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 23 at 10 a.m.