LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - On Wednesday, the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved plans for a second Lake Charles charter school, despite concerns raised by a recent review.
Last week, the Louisiana Department of Education recommended that BESE reject the proposal from the Lake Charles Charter Academy for a new kindergarten through eighth-grade school.
But on Wednesday, representatives from the Lake Charles Charter Academy went before BESE to make their case, and won BESE's approval.
Gene Thibodeaux, academy president, tells 7 News it's hoped the new school will open next August in the temporary location currently being used by the first charter school. A permanent location is currently being built for that school.
Thibodeaux also says students should be able to apply to attend the new school in February.