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By Len Kiese - bio | email

EDISON, GA (WALB) – Some Calhoun County parents are celebrating a decision they hope will improve education in the region.

Monday, the state approved a new charter school to serve Calhoun, Clay, Randolph, Early and Baker Counties. Pataula Charter Academy founding board members met Monday night in Edison.

They worked for more than a year to get approval from the Georgia Charter Schools Commission to give another option for education.

"We don't want to come across as smearing the public school system in any way but they are under-performing and a good number of parents are sending their kids to private schools because of under-performing schools," said Founding Board Member Ben Dismukes, "so I wanted to see a good viable alternative that is open and available to everybody."

Pataula Charter Academy will start with 300 students in grades K through 6 next August. They hope to add 7th, 8th and high school over the next few years.

Interested parents can attend a meeting Thursday night at Bethel Baptist Church in Early County at seven o'clock.

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