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Public Facilities Authority favorable to charter school in Cumming
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CUMMING — A potential Forsyth County charter school has taken another step.

The Forsyth County Public Facilities Authority, a vehicle for funding construction of government buildings, voted 4-0 to have Forsyth County Schools submit a description of the school and maximum projected cost. Member Michael Gravitt was absent.

The charter high school would focus on high-wage, high-tech work force development. The cost to build it has been estimated at between $18 million and $22 million.

Of that amount, the authority would cover about $20 million, though the school system is also looking into a $3 million grant.

Plans call for the school, which would have an enrollment of about 1,000 students, to open by the 2018-19 school year.

The authority was generally supportive of the concept and funding, and likely will decide whether to fund it on Sept. 1.

Also Wednesday, the authority voted 4-0 to ask the county commission to encourage the state legislature to grant a $35 million per building cap. 

When created, the authority had the $20 million limit, but that was removed in the 2013-14 legislative session. The charter school would be the authority’s first project.