Sixth grade students work on math problems at The Kindezi School at Old Fourth Ward in this file photograph from 2016. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM
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Atlanta school board approves 5-year renewal for Kindezi charter schools

The Kindezi Schools received a five-year renewal to continue to operate two Atlanta charter schools.

Kindezi has operated Kindezi West in southwest Atlanta since 2010 and Kindezi Old Fourth Ward since 2015. 

Both schools enroll students in kindergarten through eighth grade. 

On Monday, the Atlanta Board of Education approved a five-year renewal of the charter term, which was to expire June 30. The state must still sign off on the renewal. 

“We’re feeling optimistic about the next five years and what we’ll be able to accomplish for kids,” said Dean Leeper, Kindezi’s executive director, on Tuesday.

A committee that reviewed Kindezi’s petition found that the charter operator “has gone beyond the minimum requirements for a renewal petition,” according to school board documents. 

Kindezi will maintain its current enrollment cap of 900 students for the two schools combined. 

Through a separate contract with Atlanta Public Schools, Kindezi took over operations and staffing of Gideons Elementary School in 2017.

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