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Four other schools also got clipped terms.
Foothills Education Charter High School, with locations across north-middle Georgia; International Academy of Smyrna, an elementary and middle school in Cobb County; and Utopian Academy for the Arts, a middle school (soon adding elementary students) in Clayton County, were given three years.
Scintilla Charter Academy, an elementary and middle school in Valdosta, was renewed for two.
Four schools earned full five-year terms: DuBois Integrity Academy, an elementary school in Clayton County; Georgia School for Innovation and the Classics near Augusta, serving elementary, middle and high school students; International Charter School of Atlanta, an elementary and middle school; and Odyssey Charter School, an elementary and middle school in Coweta County.
A couple schools with shorter renewal periods, including Utopian, asked for more time. Utopian suffered financial setbacks due to conflict with local officials who delayed the opening several years ago. A five-year term would send a better message to potential donors, said Artesius Miller, founder and director of Utopian.
Commissioners rejected the requests, saying the schools came close enough to the standards for academics, finances and operations but needed to improve before winning full terms.
The decision to approve shorter terms, said commission Chairman Tom Lewis, shows the state’s determination “to work with those schools and try to correct some things.”