LEAD Academy is the first charter school to secure approval to operate in Montgomery.
The Alabama Public Charter School Commission approved the school 5-1 on Monday after a presentation and a question-and-answer session. Commission member Henry Nelson was the opposing vote and Commission Chairman Mac Buttram abstained.
Now LEAD Academy board chair Charlotte Meadows and the rest of the board have “a lot of work to do” to achieve the school’s goal of opening its doors to 360 students in the fall.
“Now the real work begins,” Meadows said. “We’re going to hire a principal and we’re hoping to post that by the end of the week. Obviously we’re looking for a pretty special person, someone with experience in charter schools and with starting a school.”