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The Indiana Public Charter Schools Association is pleased to announce nine new schools will open in Indiana in the 2013-2014 school year.
“As families in Indiana have demonstrated, there is a tremendous demand for high-quality public charter schools, and we look forward to serving even more children with the opening of these nine schools,” says Kevin Davis, Interim President, Indiana Public Charter Schools Association.
The following nine new schools will open in Indiana:
Enlace Academy, Indianapolis
Excel Center for Adult Learners, Kokomo
Excel Center for Adult Learners, Lafayette
Excel Center for Adult Learners, Richmond
Excel Center for Adult Learners, Indianapolis
George and Veronica Phalen Leadership Academy, Indianapolis
Indiana Math & Science Academy – South, Indianapolis
Inspire Academy, Muncie
Nexus Academy of Indianapolis
Kevin Davis Joins Indiana Public Charter Schools Association as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Indiana Public Charter Schools Association President Russ Simnick is pleased to announce that Kevin Davis has been named vice president and chief operating officer. Davis will oversee new school development operations and support for existing charter schools.
“Kevin brings many years of expertise in traditional public and charter school management to our organization,” says Simnick. “Kevin’s position marks the beginning of significant growth for the IPCSA,” adds Simnick.
Previously, Davis was co-founder, president and chief executive officer of Options Charter Schools in Carmel and Noblesville. During his tenure, Davis co-authored the conversion charter school application for Options Charter School in Carmel and co-authored and led the team through the new school application in Noblesville.
Prior to his time at Options Charter Schools, Davis served as a principal and teacher in the Carmel and Speedway traditional public school systems.
Davis completed a B.A. in English from Ball State University and an M.S. in secondary administration from Indiana University. He continues his education by taking graduate-level coursework.
Indiana Charter Association Files Lawsuit against Fort Wayne School District and Airport to Stop Property Transfer
(FORT WAYNE, IND. – DEC 19, 2011) Russ Simnick, president of the Indiana Public Charter Schools Association (IPCSA), today announced that the IPCSA has filed a lawsuit to stop a transfer of title of a vacant school building to the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority (“Airport Authority”) because it violates a new state law.
The IPCSA, a membership organization of Indiana public charter schools, filed the complaint in Allen County on behalf of its member school, Timothy L. Johnson Academy, and any charter school that may be interested in the building. The IPCSA contends the law gives charter schools the right to lease or purchase vacant school buildings.
A new law passed this year by the Indiana General Assembly, Public Law 91-2011, requires school districts to report vacant school buildings to the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) and make those buildings available to public charter schools. Timothy L. Johnson Academy stated its interest to IDOE to lease or purchase the vacant Pleasant Center Elementary School, 2323 West Pleasant Center Road, from Fort Wayne Community Schools (FWCS).
IDOE notified Fort Wayne Community Schools that Timothy L. Johnson Academy could occupy the building and that the two parties should coordinate Timothy L. Johnson Academy’s acquisition of Pleasant Center Elementary. However, the board of the Fort Wayne Community Schools voted Monday, December 12, to instead transfer Pleasant Center Elementary School to the Airport Authority rather than make it available to the Timothy L. Johnson Academy.
Simnick says this is a violation of the law. “When a district closes a building, the new law clearly states that a public charter school has the right to use the school building for the reason taxpayers built it – to educate children,” said Simnick.
“Governor Daniels and the Indiana General Assembly were adamant that taxpayers paid for these buildings to be used as schools. Neither this district, nor any other, has the right to give the building away to someone else just so a charter school can’t use it to educate public school children. Indiana taxpayers should not stand for this, and neither will we.”
The Indiana Public Charter Schools Association offers services, advocacy and support for Indiana’s 65 public charter schools. More than 23,000 students attend public charter schools in Indiana. The Association web site is www.INcharters.org.
Overshiner spearheads a grassroots style, charter constituent list-building effort that aims to include all charter school administrators, governing board members, teachers, and parents and maintains the Indiana Charter Action Network (I-CAN), a database of more than 3,500 charter school supporters.
In addition, she actively develops and maintains communication with a broad coalition of charter school supporters by attending parent-focused “back to school” events and coordinating community forums and film screenings that raise public awareness of charters, provide pro-charter messages, and challenge myths and misinformation pertaining to charter schools.
Prior to joining IPCSA, Overshiner played a key role in Senator Brandt Hershman’s run for Congress. In the summers while attending college, Overshiner also interned for several high-ranking Indiana public officials, including U.S. Senator Richard G. Lugar, Indiana Lt. Governor Becky Skillman and U.S. Congressman Mike Sodrel.
Overshiner graduated summa cum laude with departmental honors from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. She earned a degree in political science with a minor in biology.