Charlotte charter seeks another year to prepare building

Stewart Creek High School, one of 11 Charlotte-area charter schools approved to open in August, is seeking an extra year to get its building ready.

N.C. High School for Accelerated Learning, a nonprofit board, won approval to open two schools for teens at risk of dropping out. Commonwealth High in east Charlotte is on schedule, but the westside Stewart Creek, at 3200 Freedom Drive, needs “extensive construction” to be ready for students, a letter from the board chair says.

Both schools will be run by Accelerated Learning Solutions, a for-profit management company that operates several similar charter schools in Florida. Plans for the two Charlotte schools call for each to open with 224 students, expanding to 600 apiece by the third year.

The N.C. Board of Education will vote Wednesday on the one-year delay, which the state Charter School Advisory Board has endorsed.

The state approved 26 new charters to open across North Carolina for the 2014-15 school year. The 11 in Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties plan to open with 3,200 students, with about 2,750 of them from Mecklenburg County (students can cross county lines to attend charters). The Stewart Creek delay would slightly reduce that. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools projects that most of next year’s net enrollment growth will be in charter schools.