CANTON — The Georgia Charter Education Foundation Governing Board met by conference call Wednesday to discuss and vote on a candidate for Cherokee Charter Academy’s new principal.
Board member Christine Ries said after the Charter Schools USA process of searching, they recommended the board consider a candidate now employed by another school, whose name is being withheld until the offer is accepted.
“I can say that everybody is very excited about him,” Ries said. “He’s very impressive, very well-spoken, just had an incredible amount of experience.”
On Thursday, board member Lyn Michaels-Carden said CSUSA issued the offer. During the conference meeting, the candidate was said to have another offer, and a response to CSUSA’s offer is expected in the next few days.
Ries explained the CSUSA multiple-level selection process and said candidates must meet the “sensible and rigorous” CSUSA standards and score high enough on initial assessments to be considered. Though two candidates made it to the final interview stage, only one was approved by CSUSA.
“There were probably 10 or 15 candidates that entered into the initial stage,” Ries said.
The board voted unanimously to recommend that CSUSA make an offer to the candidate for the principal position at CCA.
The potential new CCA principal candidate was the principal at an alternative school for five years and was brought to his district to teach others how to turn schools around.
“In the school that he was in, when he initially came in, they were just failing at everything,” Ries said. “And in a regular school he made that part of his mission as to bring those kids up to speed. He did such an incredibly good job at that, that they pulled him out of that (regular school) and asked him to go in and focus on that.”
CCA’s founding principal, Vanessa Suarez, announced in April that she would be transferring to a charter school in Florida at the conclusion of the school year. Suarez was CCA’s principal starting from the time it opened in 2011 with 825 kindergarten through seventh-grade students.