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Public meeting Tuesday evening to discuss potential charter at former Taylor University site

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 5:50 am

A public meeting will be held Tuesday evening to hear comments from the community about a potential charter school on the former Rudisill Boulevard campus of Taylor University.

The school would be the Carpe Diem Summit Campus, with the organizer, Carpe Diem Indiana, already operating one school in Indianapolis, Carpe Diem Meridian Campus. The charter's application – technically called a replication, since it is already operating in the state – says the school would be for grades 6-12 and located at 1025 W. Rudisill Blvd., which is Taylor's former Fort Wayne campus.

The application says the school, if approved by the Indiana Charter Schools Board, would open this year with a projected 130 students: 30 in sixth grade and 25 each in grades 7 through 11. There would be no seniors in the first year of the school's operation.

The public meeting is expected to have on hand a heavy contingent of Fort Wayne Community Schools staffers and likely some of its board members. Considering a resolution passed during Monday's FWCS board meeting said that the district's board is opposed to a charter at that location, the FWCS contingent is highly unlikely to be receptive to the possibility of a new school.

The meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. at the Eicher Commons dining hall, 1025 W. Rudisill Blvd.