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Charter school meetings set
First is Thursday at Polo Golf Club
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Forsyth County News
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A national organization plans to file a petition with the Forsyth County school district to open a kindergarten-eighth grade charter school for the 2010-11 school year.

Charter Schools USA has scheduled two community meetings, the first on Thursday, in order to field questions and gain support for the proposed school.

The meetings aim to inform the public about charter schools, which are billed as a tuition-free alternative to traditional public schools.

Jennifer Caracciolo, a spokeswoman for the Forsyth County school system, said the group’s previous application for a charter school was denied in July 2008.

The hearings in March precede this year’s application.

Charter schools are publicly funded but operated privately under a performance contract with the school district. These schools receive greater flexibility from regulations, but must achieve higher standards.

Forsyth Academy, which already functions within the system, is a charter school for high school students.

The meetings are scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday and March 26 at the Polo Golf and Country Club, 6300 Polo Club Drive, Cumming.

A spokeswoman for the national charter school group declined to comment on the matter.