Cherokee Charter Academy was one of 14 Georgia charter schools that got a welcome surprise in the form of an early charter approval from the Georgia Board of Education.
Although the petition to renew all the charters was included on agenda for the Thursday evening, they were originally going to be presented as information items only and were not to be voted on until a meeting next month.
A spokesman from the Georgia Department of Education told the Cherokee Tribune that instead of waiting until February, the board moved all the petitions to their consent agenda for that night's meeting and approved the agenda unanimously.
Cherokee Charter Academy's newest petition included plans to open a high school, which will allow the school to serve students from Kindergarten to 12th grade.
The school's new charter will run from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2018.