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School board votes against Great Heart Academies

Posted: Updated: Sep 11, 2012 10:47 PM

In a school board meeting Tuesday night, officials voted against an application for Great Hearts Academies.

After discussing the charter school at length, the application was denied by a 5 to 4 vote.  

"I voted against it because of the people who elected me to this office," school board member Cheryl Mayes said.

She continued, "I understand the information given to us from the state board I understand what they wanted us to do, but I was voted into this office by constituents in Nashville and it was difficult for me to look at that and say it doesn't matter."

Great Heart Academies, an Arizona based charter school, was previously denied an application on two separate occasions due to areas of concerns including teacher licensing and diversity.

Nashville's News 2 spoke with parent Megan Proctor earlier in the day. The mother of two said she heard the charter school's pitch earlier this year.

"They presented and really felt like this was a great community to open a school in, and we want them to open everywhere throughout Nashville," she said

Parent Haley Dale said she was disappointed by the vote since the proposed charter school would offer another option in public school.

"It is a bit frustrating and makes me feel hopeless, but I can do is hope they will go back and read the documents," she said.

Following Tuesday night's meeting, Great Hearts attorney regarding the decision.

"I obviously need to talk to Great Hearts officials about this," Ross Booher said. "The school was obviously hopefully a new board would obey the law and so I would eventually want to talk to Great Hearts officials to find out what they're next steps are."

Great Hearts was looking to open five Metro locations.

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