There were two big announcements this week for Pinnacle Classical Academy, Cleveland County’s first charter school.
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction announced that Pinnacle Classical Academy has been awarded a full charter to begin operation in August of 2013. This announcement officially creates a new public school in Cleveland County.
“We have worked for nearly two years to receive our official charter, and have all of the pieces in place now to move forward; a lot will happen very quickly,” said Pinnacle board chair Debbie Clary. “The most important thing at the moment is to get the applications from all interested parties- students and personnel- as quickly as possible,” she stated.
Pinnacle will began taking applications March 11th through April 5th; applications will be available online at www.PinnacleClassicalAcademy.com, or at Badcock Furniture, 1404 S Lafayette St in Shelby or Westmoreland Printers on East Dixon Boulevard in Shelby. Student applications must be postmarked by April 5, 2013. All rising kindergarteners through 6th graders in North Carolina are eligible, the school is tuition free. If more applications are submitted than there is space available, the school will hold a public lottery on Friday, April 12 at 4PM at the Cleveland County Extension Building Auditorium, 130 South Post Road in Shelby.
In addition this week, the General Assembly passed a bill allowing Cleveland County to convey property to the school for its permanent location, located on Joe’s Lake Road in Shelby. Commissioners voted to do so in December, pending the receipt of the charter and passage of the legislation. Senator Warren Daniel and Representatives Tim Moore and Kelly Hastings shepherded the bill through the General Assembly. “I am very pleased that the Cleveland County Commission has seen fit to furnish property for this school, I am proud to be a part of the process,” said Senator Daniel.
More information including applications for enrollment and for employment are available online at www.PinnacleClassicalAcademy.com beginning March 11th.