Charter school coming to town
The Ellis County Press
WILMER –At a town hall meeting on Jan. 22 Mayor Jeff Steele discussed the possibilities of a Honors Academy charter school coming to the city.
"I have been in initial talks with John Dodd [founder of Honors Academy] to place a charter school here," said Steele. A charter school is a state funded elementary or secondary school that is not administered by a local school district.
"The school will start with grades K-8, but we plan to expand to high school," said Steele.
Honors Academy currently has charter schools in the cities of Dallas, Fort Worth, Irving, Kaufman, Palestine, Killeen and there is hope that Wilmer will be home to a seventh location.
"He [John Dodd] said it is still under construction and nothing has been finalized," said Honors Academy receptionist Sandy McCormack.
In order for the school to be open for the 2009-2010 school year they must register with the Texas Education Agency TEA by April.
Honors Academy was first granted charter, a contractual authority to run a charter school, by TEA in 1999.