Frederick County (Md.) School Board Advances Plans for two Charters, Denies a Third

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Frederick Outdoor Discovery Charter School will not open its doors in Frederick County any time soon, but two other charter schools are on track to open next fall.

The Frederick school board on Monday unanimously denied the outdoor charter school’s application, but approved the building plans for both the Frederick Classical Charter School and the Carroll Creek Montessori Public Charter School.

Organizers of the two schools will next iron out the final details in their applications and, with a final blessing from the board, can start recruiting students in the spring.

“We are very pleased to see more school choice in Frederick County,” said Suzanne Middleton, a founding parent for the Frederick Classical Charter School. “There is definitely enthusiasm for the concept.”

The Frederick Classical Charter School received board approval in October, when organizers presented plans for using a 45,000-square-foot building south of U.S. 40, off Hillcrest Drive. The $4.7 million building was supposed to be built by the Frederick Alliance for Youth, a group dedicated to improving conditions for youth in the west side of Frederick.

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