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August 1, 2013

Area could see two more charter schools

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Leweck, an Exeter resident with two children, said her group planned to open their school in the Seacoast, but was told by the state Department of Education there were already enough charter schools in that area.

Leweck said they rushed to find a new location in the last month, choosing a site in Derry near the Salem and Atkinson line. She is currently seeking board members from that area.

Granite State Academy would offer core academic programs in addition to a special focus on dance, music, theater and visual arts, she said. Its website is granitestateartsacademy.com.

“One of the reasons we have founded this is because we have seen a really unmet need, she said.

Charter schools are public institutions that receive $5,498 per student from the state Department of Education. The schools must raise the rest of the money needed to educate their students.

The annual cost to educate a New Hampshire student is roughly $13,000, according to Rep. Kenneth Weyler, R-Kingston. He has led efforts in the Legislature to increase funding for charter schools.

There are two other charter schools in Southern New Hampshire. They are Seacoast Charter School in Kingston and The Birches Academy of Academics and Art in Salem, which opened last fall.

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