Charter School Approved; Fall 2006 Opening Planned; the Academy of Business and Leadership Education Is a Fifth- through Eighth-Grade School

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Byline: lisa miller

Six months after accepting its initial application, the St. Johns County School Board unanimously approved a three-year contract for a new charter school Tuesday.

The Academy of Business and Leadership Education, or ABLE, a 132-student facility focused on parent and community involvement, innovative teaching methods and individual child learning plans, will open this fall.

Founder Scott Beebe, who addressed the Board before its vote, said he's worked diligently the past half-year, acquiring a location for the fifth- through eighth-grade center and recruiting students and staff.

"Parents and students of St. Johns County have demonstrated their desire to have another educational choice for their children," he said.

Though there was little discussion, the five-member Board agreed.

So far about 116 students have pre-registered for the school, Beebe said, and he's also received a number of resumes for teachers and office staff.

St. Augustine's Planning and Zoning Agency has inspected and approved the building intended to house the school at 7 Williams St. in St. Augustine near the main public library.

School Board member Diane Lovell questioned Beebe on the play area the school would have.

"I want to make sure they're not playing in the street," she said.

ABLE's campus is equipped with a large grassy area, Beebe said, and students could also use the nearby Davenport Park adjacent to the library. …


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