Organization asks for parent input on possible Sherman-Denison charter school

Published: Feb. 18, 2019 at 5:41 PM CST
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The largest non-profit charter school system in Texas is exploring the idea of bringing a charter school to the Sherman- Denison area.

Responsive Education Solutions already has 73 campuses in Texas and Arkansas serving more than 18,000 students.

Now they may want to bring a charter school to Texoma, and say their first step is seeing if parents would be interested in signing their kids up.

Dr. Alan Wimberley is the chief education architect at Responsive Education Solutions, a charter school system based in Lewisville that opened up 18 years ago.

He moved to Denison three years ago.

"We're gauging parent interests," he said. "Lots of people are asking if we could have one here."

Wimberley would like to bring a classical academy to Sherman-Denison.

"Classical education is teaching the liberal arts and the great classics with a trivium of grammar, logic and rhetoric."

It comes only about two weeks after we reported the Frontier Education Foundation is trying to bring an outdoor learning- style charter school to Whitewright.

Charter schools don't have attendance zones so students can commute.

They cap student size at a certain number and then students on the waiting list will go through a lottery system.

"They're funded like public schools," he said. "We are non-profit."

Superintendents across Grayson County, like Dr. David Hicks at Sherman ISD, are concerned because they take funding and students away from their campuses.

Losing ten students could mean losing an annual revenue of about $100,000.

"Our opposition isn't about competition," Hicks said. "It's about taking valuable resources from the public system to support an extra system in a town our size."

Superintendents are asking local lawmakers to stop the Whitewright charter school and Hicks says they would do the same for this one.

Wimberley said the proposed classical school would hold about 600 students and if parents are interested they would try to open in 2020.

The charter school is only gauging parent interest in Texoma and they currently don't have a campus in mind.

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