Link Community School is proud and excited to announce that it has received approval from the New Jersey Department of Education to convert to a public charter school beginning in the 2014-15 academic year pending a final “preparedness review” by the DOE in June. The review will assess the school’s academic program, organizational leadership and capacity. It is expected that the charter would then be granted in July of 2014. Over the next several months, Link will work with the NJDOE to meet all of the guidelines and regulations required of a charter school.
The conversion to charter school status is a milestone in Link’s history. As a public charter school, Link Community Charter School will have the resources that will enable the school to extend its successful educational model to more students. While the current enrollment stands at 138 grade 7 and 8 students, the school has plans to expand over a two year period to serve grades 5 through 8, eventually housing 288 students.
Link would like to acknowledge the many people who were involved in the application process including the current Link Community School Board of Trustees and the Link Community Charter School Founders Board, consisting of Andrew Lacey, Michael Bagley, Dr. Alex Curtis, Jennifer Kohl, Monique Moody, Michele Rae-Dudley, Adam Rohdie. Steven Small, Stephanie Smith, Roger Springer, Sumayya Wright and Maria Pilar Paradiso, Link’s head of school. Special thanks to Wendy Lacey, who served as board liaison to the Founders Board and guided the application process. Link also appreciates the efforts of faculty, staff and parents who provided valuable input into the application and enthusiastic support for the process.