By Julie Huss
---- — DERRY — The town’s first charter school is signing up its inaugural class.
Derry’s NEXT charter school is set to open in the fall of 2013 and enrollment is now underway.
Classes will be held in the former Derry Early Education Program space at Gilbert H. Hood Middle School.
The first year, the school will take up to 30 students. Eventually, the school could have as many as 90 students. Students from Derry may get first consideration for space, but anyone from any town can apply.
The school will be led by co-directors Justin Krieger and Joe Crawford. Both are currently assistant middle school principals in the Derry district.
The team also includes a board of trustees.
Another public event for toward prospective students and parents is set for Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. at the Marion Gerrish Community Center.
Krieger and Crawford, along with the NEXT board of trustees, will be available for a public conversation with parents and those interested
Anyone wanting to learn more about the school is invited to attend, ask questions and get information if interested in becoming part of the new high school.
The NEXT premise is to give students a choice for their high school years, when a more traditional classroom setting may not be working.
Kim Crowley is a trustee and said all are invited to attend and find out more.
“It will be a very open, social communication,” Crowley said. “Our goal is understanding.”
Those invited include not only parents, but also educators and anyone in the community who wants to learn more about the school and how it will operate.
Visit nextcharterschool.org or call 437-6398 for information.