Fayette County denies application for film charter school

Despite some local support, an application submitted by Dr. Artesius Miller to open a new charter school in Fayette County was denied by the board of education. Courtesy Utopian Academy for the Arts
Despite some local support, an application submitted by Dr. Artesius Miller to open a new charter school in Fayette County was denied by the board of education. Courtesy Utopian Academy for the Arts

An application to establish a television- and film-related charter high school in Fayette County was unanimously turned down by the Board of Education on May 20.

The petition to establish the Lyceum Lab School on Sandy Creek Road near Pinewood Atlanta Studios was submitted in April by Dr. Artesius Miller, executive director of the Utopian Academy for the Arts in Ellenwood. The proposal received letters of support from the Georgia Film Academy, Southern Crescent Technical College, Fayetteville Mayor Edward Johnson and Fayette County Commissioner Eric Maxwell.

The school had hoped to open in August 2020 with an initial enrollment of 115 students in grades 9-12. However, the BOE said that film-related programs already exist within Fayette schools, and that the charter’s plan to enroll students outside the county was among several policy-related reasons that it could not approve the application.