By JIMMY ESPY
Pre-registration for Mountain Education Charter High School in Summerville will begin in October for the winter school session.
The new high school will be housed on the Maple Drive side of the Summerville Elementary School. Work on the seven classrooms to be used is underway now.
Retired Chattooga County educators Mike Martin and Mark Pickle have been approached about serving as site administrators. Both would work part-time schedules.
“They would basically be co-principals,” said Sydney Sanford, spokeswoman for the Mountain Education Charter Schools, the Cleveland, Ga.-based public charter school system that now operates 17 schools in 16 North Georgia counties.
The school is designed to provide high school age (grades 9-12) an unconventional option for completing their high school educations. Target students are those have dropped out of regular high school or who have personal reasons for needing to attend on a non-conventional schedule.
Online classes in all subjects will be taught from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, with a teacher in each classroom to provide individual help, according to Sanford. She said a 14-1 student-to-teacher ratio will be maintained. The school will employ all part-time staff, except for a full-time registrar.
“We’re hoping for a hundred students at first,” Sanford said. “We will be contacting students who have dropped out of the regular high school as well as students who need the schedule we offer,” she said. Sanford emphasized the school will not try to recruit students from CHS, except for students who need the unconventional class times.
“We’re not in competition with Chattooga for their top students,” she said.
Martin, who retired earlier this year from the job of federal programs director, said he thinks the new school is a “fantastic opportunity for the kids who can’t find a traditional path to graduation.”
“It is a win-win for everybody,” he added.
Classes will begin on Nov. 4. Students who plan to attend the charter school beginning in November will need to start the school year at Chattooga High School. They will be able to transfer for winter quarter.
Sanford said the date students can pre-registrar will be determined soon.
By JIMMY ESPY