Private school won’t keep seeking charter status

Mar. 15, 2014 @ 04:01 PM

The headmaster at Kerr-Vance Academy says the school doesn’t have plans to re-apply for charter status, but that could change.

“For the moment, there are no intentions to apply next year,” Paul Villatico said.

The school’s application to the N.C. Office of Charter Schools was rejected last month by a sub-committee of the N.C. Charter Schools Advisory Council, but Villatico said he has yet to receive official notification from the state.

The sub-committee deemed three of the four main sections of KVA’s application inadequate.

Villatico said the school’s board of directors is focusing on growing as a private school.

“Realistically, we are not just trying to operate; we are trying to expand,” he said.

For the 2013-2014 school year, the K-12 enrollment was around 300, and enrollment for 2- and 3-year-olds was 18.

Villatico said the numbers for grades four and above is around 25 to 30 students per grade, while the lower grades average about 15 to 25 students each.

The school has faced decreasing registration as fewer families can afford private school tuition.

Total enrollment in 2010 was 436; in 2011 it was 399, and in 2012 it dropped to 361.

He said the board of directors have discussed plans to lower tuition for the 2014-2015 school year as a way to increase enrollment.

The new tuition costs for the 2-year-old and 3-year-old daycare program will be set at $5,400 plus a $300 deposit. This year, the daycare program tuition is $6,600.

The tuition for 4-year-old and 5-year-old kindergartens will be lowered to $6,000 and $6,500 respectively. First-grade tuition will be $7,000.

This year, tuition for both kindergarten grades and first-grade is $8,472.

The cost for students in grades two through six will remain the same at $8,472 plus $300 contract deposit. That for seventh- through 12th-graders also will not change from its current rate of $9,162 plus $300 contract deposit.

Villatico said he is not concerned about the school’s financial conditions despite declining enrollment.

“We intend to be here and we intend to educate as many kids as possible,” he said.

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