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Cherokee Charter Academy Loses 17 Teachers

The 17 teachers who resigned at the end of the 2013-14 school year is slightly lower than the 20 who resigned in the previous year.

Credit: Larry Blase/Patch file
Credit: Larry Blase/Patch file
Cherokee Charter Academy is coming to defense of the news that 17 of its teachers have resigned from their positions at the facility on Sixes Road.

Colleen Reynolds, spokesperson for Charter Schools USA, Cherokee Charter's parent company, said that number is "not unusual." In comparison, the school had 20 teachers resign at the end of last school year, Reynolds added. 

"What happens is not every teacher is best suited for a charter school environment and we find that cross our entire network," she stated. 

Reynolds said it takes a lot of dedication to work in a charter school environment, "more than what they (some teachers) are used to in a traditional school system."

"That’s not an abnormally high number of teachers for us," she said, referring to the 17 who resigned this year. "Some leave because we don’t bring them back. If they are not producing the results we want, we don’t keep them."

Six of those 17 teachers have been hired by the Cherokee County School Board. The board approved those new hirings during its meeting on Thursday. 

Overall, the school had about 80 employees at the end of the 2012-13 school year, according to the Cherokee Tribune. Reynolds did not provide the number of employees the school had at the close of the 2013-14 school year by deadline. 

At the close of the 2013-14 school year, Cherokee Charter had 1,070 students at its school, which includes elementary and middle school grade levels. Reynolds did not provide a breakdown of enrollment by grades for the school. 

However, according to Georgia Department of Education's Full-Time Equivalent figures, Cherokee Charter reported an enrollment of 838 students in kindergarten through sixth grade as of March. The remaining students — 214 — were in seventh and eighth grade.  

The school that matches Cherokee Charter's student enrollment is Knox Elementary, which had 869 kindergarden through sixth-grade students as of the March FTE count, the Tribune reported. 

The Tribune also reported Knox had 51 certified employees, which includes teachers and two administrators, and only had one teacher retire and another resign since August 2013. 

Reynolds noted the Cherokee County School District's hiring of new teachers is probably behind some of the resignations, as there are some certified employees who may prefer to work in a traditional school setting. 

In any case, these resignations won't have any impact on the school's budget, she added.  

"We may have to get new wonderful teachers, but this will not impact in a budget way," she added. "It gives us an opportunity to bring in fresh teachers who will do a great job." 

Lone Stranger June 23, 2014 at 12:38 PM
You wont read much of anything here really. Its bake sales, its cat food sales, its blather. I really think the Patch is a jewel in the rough for the right group of investors but they have to ramp up the reporting a whole bunch.
Kristal Dixon June 23, 2014 at 05:57 PM
It would be nice if someone at CCA could send us news about what's going on at the school. I know Larry Blase posts items to Holly Springs-Hickory Flat Patch's site on the CCA blog, but news about how their students perform on test scores, etc. would be a great asset to our coverage of local schools...
Georgia Voter June 23, 2014 at 08:40 PM
Lone Stranger, The Patch does cover bake sales, etc, but it is NOT blather. I have seen the Patch report on serious issues that the Trib and Ledger would not dare touch. Pay attention.
No More Bullies June 23, 2014 at 08:40 PM
The last budget available on the CCA website (FY2013, approved two years ago......) shows a $30,000 line item for marketing. You would think that might buy a couple press releases from the Florida PR firm.
Brent Seeger June 25, 2014 at 04:26 PM
From reading the article it just sounds like there is some type of problem over there. This type of turn over is not normal. Also I would raise some cain over a 30K marketing budget. Thats money coming right out of your kids education to peel off a pay off to somebody's brother in law's marketing company. Why would they need this? Just more proof that private business, education, everything beats government run every time.

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