TMSA accepting applications

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The Triad Math and Science Academy — Guilford County’s fourth charter school — is accepting student applications for the 2008-09 school year.

The academy received final state approval on March 6 and organizers expect to accept applications through late April or early May, said Ali Tombak, president of the academy’s board.

A lottery will then be held to fill the anticipated 270 seats. Remaining applicants will be placed on a waiting list, he said.

Organizers will hold open houses for families after they find a location for the academy. Tombak said the board of directors hopes to complete a building lease within the next three weeks.

“Everything looks fine,” Tombak said. “It’s a matter of putting the words to paper and signing it,” he said.

The academy is estimated to cost $1.7 million in state and local funds and serve students in kindergarten through sixth or seventh grades the first year. Charter schools are similar to public schools in that they are taxpayer-supported and free, but the state provides more leeway in teacher certification and programming.

The academy will phase in remaining middle and high school grades in subsequent years, reaching a total of 560 students.

The board must still hire teachers and determine class sizes and schedules, as well as whether to provide bus transportation.

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