Charter group leader talks about Elgin school’s progress

The group opening an Elgin charter school is close to finalizing a contract to hire a principal, officials said.

In October, a state panel sanctioned the Elgin Math and Science Academy charter school primarily to serve at-risk students in the area. The decision reversed Elgin Area School District U-46’s denial of the proposal in June.

The academy is scheduled to open in August under state oversight. Its leaders plan to have 200 students in kindergarten to third grade the first year, adding grades each year through eighth grade. Enrollment will be capped at 400 by the fifth year.

Kerin Kelly, an estate lawyer and president of the Elgin Charter School Initiative, recently provided an update on the school’s progress:

Q. Who will be principal?

Kelly: We have agreed to wait until (later this month) to announce the name. She has 11 years’ experience, is an award-winning principal of an Illinois school district and will start Jan. 15. The salary range is $105,000 to $115,000.

Q. Who will manage the school?

Source: Charter group leader talks about Elgin school’s progress

Jimmy Kilpatrick, a national recognized professional special education advocate since 1994.

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