A new charter school has approval to open in Chapel Hill this August, despite the wishes of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools district and NAACP.
The State Board of Education approved the Howard and Lillian Lee Scholars Charter School application Thursday, making the school one of nine fast-track applicants that can open in the state next school year.
Application materials state that the school, which will partner with for-profit management company National Heritage Academies, will serve minorities and tackle the achievement gap.
William Harrison, chairman of the State Board of Education, said approved applicants will meet with advisers later in March to discuss procedures, timelines and technicalities.
The schools must then meet conditions — like providing a certificate of occupancy for the building where they will locate — by July 1 to receive funds to open their doors in August.
Harrison said though three of the schools passed easily, the Lee Charter School was one of six that the board questioned.
He said board members weren’t sure Chapel Hill needed another elementary school, because it already has plans to open Elementary 11 in Northside.
But he said because need wasn’t part of the criteria used to evaluate proposals, it passed.