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October 19, 2021 at 9:00 AM - Charter Authorizing Panel Meeting

Agenda
I. Call to Order
II. Consent Agenda
II.1. Approval of minutes from September 14, 2021 CAP meeting
Presenter:  Tim Johnston, Director DESE Charter Unit
Attachments: (1)
II.2. 2021-2022 Open-Enrollment Charter Renewal Applicant Map, December 2021 CAP
Presenter:  Tim Johnston, Director DESE Charter Unit
Attachments: (1)
III. Action Agenda
III.1. Consideration of Charter Amendments for Digital Learning Programs
Presenter:  Tim Johnston, Director DESE Charter Unit
Description:  All Digital Learning Programs have been vetted by the DESE internal review team prior to coming before the panel. 
III.1.a. Consideration of Charter Amendment for Digital Learning Program - Arkansas Lighthouse Academies
Presenter:  Tim Johnston, Director DESE Charter Unit
Description:  Arkansas Lighthouse Academies has submitted a Digital Learning Program application for the following locations:

Jacksonville Lighthouse High School Academy; Grades 7-12
Jacksonville Lighthouse Elementary Academy; Grades K-6
Jacksonville Lighthouse Flightline Academy; Grades 5-8
Capital City Lighthouse Element Academy; Grades K-5
Pine Bluff Lighthouse Elementary Academy; Grades K-6
Pine Bluff Lighthouse Middle School Academy; Grades 7-8

All locations will offer digital content through asynchronous and synchronous methods of instruction in both virtual and blended models. Approved LMS and CMS platforms will be utilized to deliver content. 

The Charter expires June 2022.
Attachments: (1)
III.1.b. Consideration of Charter Amendment for Digital Learning Program - Future School of Fort Smith
Presenter:  Tim Johnston, Director DESE Charter Unit
Description:  Future School of Fort Smith has submitted a digital Learning Program for grades 9-12. Instruction will follow asynchronous and synchronous formats through blended delivery. Approved LMS and CMS platforms will be utilized. 

The Charter expires June 2026. 
Attachments: (1)
III.1.c. Consideration of Charter Amendment for Digital Learning Program - Haas Hall Academy
Description:  Haas Hall Academy has submitted a Digital Learning Program application for Hass Hall Academy, Hass Hall Academy at The Jones Center, Haas Hall Academy at The Lane and Hass Hall Academy Bentonville. All four locations serve students in grades 7-12. Instruction will be delivered virtually in a synchronous format utilizing an approved Learning Management System (LMS). 

The Charter expires June 2022. 
Attachments: (1)
III.1.d. Consideration of Charter Amendment for Digital Learning Program - Hope Academy of Northwest Arkansas
Presenter:  Tim Johnston, Director DESE Charter Unit
Description:  Hope Aademy of Northwest Arkansas has submitted a Digital Learning Program application for grades K-5. Instructions will be virtual, utilizing asynchronous and synchronous formats through an approved LMS. 

The Charter expires June 2025. 
Attachments: (1)
III.1.e. Consideration of Charter Amendment for Digital Learning Program - Westwind School for Performing Arts
Presenter:  Tim Johnston, Director DESE Charter Unit
Description:  Westwind School for Performing Arts submitted a Digital Learning Program application for grades 6-8. Instructions will be asynchronous and synchronous formats delivered through virtual and blended models. The school will utilize state-approved LMS and CMS platforms. The application is being requested for a three (3) year period. 

The charter expires June 2026. 
Attachments: (1)
III.2. Consideration of District Conversion Charter Application
Presenter:  Tim Johnston, Director DESE Charter Unit
Description:  All supporting documents such as letters of support, proof of public meetings, and local board action have been compiled into a PDF binder. 
III.2.a. Consideration of District Conversion Public Charter School - Guy Berry College and Career Academy
Presenter:  Tim Johnston, Director DESE Charter Unit
Description:  Mountain Home school district has submitted a public conversion charter application for Guy Berry College and Career Academy. Grades served will be 6-12 with an enrollment cap of 200 students. The school will follow an ALE model with an industry focus. 

The application has been reviewed by the DESE internal review committee. 
Attachments: (3)
III.2.b. Consideration of District Conversion Public Charter School - Batesville Junior High Charter
Presenter:  Tim Johnston, Director DESE Charter Unit
Description:  Batesville Public Schools has submitted an application to convert Batesville Junior High School to a public conversion charter school. Grades 6-8 will be served with an enrollment cap of 1,000. 

The school will follow a traditional education model with a blended approach to meet the needs of students enrolled in Pioneer Virtual Academy. 

The application has been reviewed by the DESE internal review committee. 
Attachments: (3)
III.2.c. Consideration of District Conversion Public Charter School - Fort Smith Virtual Academy
Presenter:  Tim Johnston, Director DESE Charter Unit
Description:  Fort Smith Public Schools has submitted a public conversion charter application for Fort Smith Virtual Academy. The school will serve students grades K-8 with an enrollment cap of 500. The school will be 100% virtual. 

The application has been reviewed by the DESE internal review committee. 
III.2.d. Consideration of District Conversion Public Charter School - Caddo Academy
Presenter:  Tim Johnston, Director DESE Charter Unit
Description:  Caddo Hills School District has submitted an application to convert Caddo Hills High School to Caddo Academy. The school will continue to serve students grades 7-12 utilizing a career academy model. 

The application has been reviewed by the DESE internal review team.
Attachments: (2)
III.3. Consideration of Charter Amendment Request
Presenter:  Tim Johnston, Director DESE Charter Unit
III.3.a. Consideration of Charter Amendment - LISA Academy
Presenter:  Tim Johnston, Director DESE Charter Unit
Description:  Lisa Academy has submitted an amendment request to add an additional K-12 campus in Fayetteville in the fall of 2023, with flexible grade configurations. 

The charter requests all current LISA Academy North Middle School and LISA Academy North High School waivers be granted to the Fayetteville campus. 

The charter also requests an increase in the current enrollment cap by 1:168. This would raise the current enrollment cap from 5,632 to 6,800. 
Attachments: (3)
IV. Adjournment

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