Charter group holding meeting in Lafayette

Foundations to discuss budget, board appointments

The group that plans to open two charter schools here next year will hold its board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the offices of the Community Foundation of Acadiana, 1035 Camellia Blvd.

The Lafayette Charter Foundation received approval from the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in October to open three charter schools in Lafayette Parish. The first two, K-8 schools, will open in August, and a high school is planned to open by 2017.

At Thursday’s meeting, the foundation board will discuss budget matters, schedule its 2014 meetings and consider board appointments. The foundation’s lease agreement for the school it plans to open in Couret Place, a neighborhood now under development in north Lafayette, is also on the agenda.

The foundation partnered with charter management company, Charter Schools USA to operate the schools.

Another school is planned to open in Sugar Mill Pond in Youngsville. However, no lease agreement for that property is on Thursday’s agenda.

Charter schools are public schools with independent school boards. The schools’ board meetings are open to the public.