The Cobb School Board rejected the charter over concerns about its financing. Jimmy Arispe, one of the parents who has been pushing for the charter school, said Friday that Louis Erste, the charter schools division director at Georgia Department of Education, told the group it could petition the state for funding under HB 797, signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal in May.
Arispe said the school could be eligible for as much as $7,000 per student in funding. Its proposal to the Cobb Board was based on $5,900 per student. If the petition moves forward the group will have an interview with the state board in August about its bid. It has retained McCay Kinchin & Associates of Marietta to purchase a building, convert it and lease it back to the school.