The Texas Education Agency has approved a Dublin charter school’s application to open a campus in Brown County in the 2007-’08 school year.
Dr. Ronald Johnson, superintendent of the Paradigm Accelerated Charter School in Dublin, said plans are for the Brown County campus to initially have an enrollment of about 60 students in grades eight, nine and possibly 10.
He said the school will focus on “underperforming or under-challenged” students but is not exclusive to such students.
“Even though (Paradigm) is an open-enrollment public school for highly motivated, average and underperforming students, (Paradigm) specializes in helping teenagers who have experienced personal issues that affect classroom performance,” Johnson said in a release.
Johnson said Trinity Christian School and Academy has offered to temporarily relocate to the church fellowship hall and lease its school facilities to Paradigm. The Paradigm school board will consider the offer when it meets May 22, Johnson said.
He said said the Brown County campus will likely start with four full-time staff — a campus administrator who will also teach, another teacher and two teacher’s aides.
Paradigm has been in Dublin for six years and has 100 students, Johnson said.
According to TEA documents, the agency has approved Paradigm’s application to:
Add grades K-6 to the charter’s currently approved grade levels (7-12). Add two campuses within the charter’s approved geographic boundary; the first campus will be added in Brown County during the 2007-’08 school year; the second campus will be added in Dublin in the 2008-2009 school year contingent upon the charter’s financial performance and academic performance ratings for 2007. Expand charter’s geographic boundary to include the Hamilton, Brownwood, Bangs, Blanket, Brookesmith, Early, May, Zephyr, Three Way, Bluff Dale, Huckabay, Morgan Mill and Sidney ISD. Increase the charter’s maximum enrollment from 100 students to 500 students effective Aug. 1, 2007.
Charter schools are public schools that receive state funding based on enrollment, Johnson said.
DeEtta Culbertson of the TEA said charter schools must follow the tenets of state curriculum but “how they teach and methods they use are part of the charter,” Culbertson said.