The Alabama Public Charter School Commission Monday gave approval for LEAD Academy to become Montgomery County's first public charter school, in a 5-1 vote, with Commission Chairman Mac Buttram abstaining. Buttram said he abstained because he has previously worked with members of LEAD Academy's board.
LEAD Academy plans to open in August for the 2018-2019 school year with 360 students in Kindergarten through 5th grade, expanding by one or more grades each year until it serves a total of 1,250 students in all grades by the 2024-2025 school year.
Public charter schools are publicly funded but have more autonomy than traditional public schools in finance, personnel, scheduling, curriculum, instruction and procurement. The flexibility is intended to encourage innovative programs that serve some students better than traditional schools.