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Monroe charter school gets "green" light to open

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A Ouachita Parish judge is ruling in favor of plans for a new charter school in downtown Monroe.

Judge Daniel Ellender says the board of adjustments in Monroe must grant a special exception for New Tabernacle Baptist Church. They're the group heading up the new charter school "Excellence Academy". The ruling just came down Tuesday.

In the ruling, the judge stated the Board of Adjustment's decision to deny the special exception application to New Tabernacle was an arbitrary and capricious abuse of its discretion and therefore should be reversed. Furthermore the judge wrote in his decision that the board's two reasons for denying the exception; the proximity of a business holding a liquor license within 300 feet, and a lack of adequate parking were not supported.

Judge Ellender concluded by saying the Monroe Board of Adjustments must immediately grant a special exception to New Tabernacle Baptist Church to locate a charter school at 811 Washington Street in Monroe.

The academy will serve 239 students in grades six through eight and plans to open in mid-September. Excellence Academy will be Monroe's only Title 1 charter school.

 

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