Hephzibah charter school could open up opportunities for parents statewide

News 12 @ 6 o'clock / Friday, August 22, 2014

HEPHZIBAH, Ga. (WRDW) -- Parents might soon have a new option when it comes to school. State leaders have just pre-approved a new charter school in Hephzibah and it is open to any student in the entire state.

For Hephzibah, the second time is the charm, and Jennifer Allen couldn't be happier.

"We've been working on this for over two years now. We just want a good quality school of choice for Hephzibah," Allen said.

And as of this week, it looks like they might be getting just that. Allen has been working with city leaders to set the plans in motion.

"It's a glorious feeling. It is exciting, it is something we have put a lot of time in to, put a lot of personal time in to and it's exciting to see what is coming to Hephzibah," Allen said.

This week the state per-approved their charter school. Leaders weren't expecting to get the news so soon. The board had until next month to give the green light. The early notice is giving the city more time to get things ready for the next school year. They plan to have crews survey the land in just a few days. They will begin construction as soon as possible. That makes parents like Allen even more excited.

"I have two children who are about to be school aged. It'll be good to have a school that might be more suitable for them," she said.

But some folks in the area have their reservations. Like Danny Brady, he lives right across the street from where they plan to break ground.

"I hate to see all of the traffic and the people," he said.

But Brady still thinks this is a step in the right direction for the community.

"Progress brings its headaches too, but you can't stop progress," Brady said.

Progress Allen says students, parents, and the town will all benefit from.

"We're super excited. There have been a lot of people who have put in a lot of their time. And we're just doing this for the betterment of our community," she said.

For right now, it is an open space that will soon open up new opportunities for kids all over the area.

And the school could attract kids from all over the state because it offers unique classes, courses like nuclear technologies, sustainable farming, and linguistics. Hephzibah city leaders hope this will be beneficial to families from Fort Gordon and Plant Vogtle.

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