Niagara Gazette

February 28, 2014

Charter group to meet

Staff Report
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — The founding members of the proposed Academy of Learning and Leadership will be holding and informational meeting today at the Niagara Falls Public Library.

The meeting will serve to prove information to members of the public who are interested in learning more about plans for the school.

According to Catrina Coffey, who is the lead applicant in the approval process and would serve as the board secretary if the application is approved, said the proposed school would focus on three “pillars” of education: early literacy, data-driven instruction and creating student leaders.

“The meeting is just an introduction into what steps we’ve taken so far and what steps we will take in the future,” Coffey said. “There will be seven of us (founding members) presenting.”

The members will field questions from the audience and provide basic information regarding what the school will offer and how interested students could apply to attend.

If the Academy of Learning and Leadership gets approved, it would be located in the City of Niagara Falls. The school would teach kindergarten and first grade school for the first year, after that the plan is to expand programming to serve grades K-6.

A letter of intent for the school was approved last week. The next step is to submit a full application by the end of March. According to Coffey, the response from the public thus far has been positive.

“So far, the events in which we’ve solicited feedback no one hasn’t been interested,” she said. “Two hundred community members signed (a petition) to say they are interested.”

The meeting will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. in the library’s meeting room.