The present school, which is leased, occupies roughly 40,000 square feet located on 5.5 acres on Lockhart Drive off McCollum Parkway in an industrial area of Kennesaw. However, the space is cramped, having grown to 540 students from 400 students two years ago, when Frey became principal. The school has also suffered two severe floods in recent years.
Cris Eaton Welsh, Kennesaw city councilwoman, said the deal between the family and school is a win win situation for both, as well as for the city of Kennesaw, which faced a racial discrimination lawsuit in 2009.
"To be able to not just talk about the fact that Kennesaw isn't the Kennesaw that it was in the past we're actually showing it," she said. "We work well with all people."
The point of keeping the old house is because of its historic significance. Sam and Clara Bostic are considered to be one of the founding families of Kennesaw. The house pre dates the city as it was built in 1872 when the area was still Big Shanty; it did not become Kennesaw until 1887. The Bostics were one of the first African American families to own a significant amount of land. The house and land have remained in their family for over 200 years. There are many, many interesting facts in the family history. There is a story there that needs to be told, and preserved. The school will be keeping the house on property and working to restore it to what it would have looked like in 1887 when Kennesaw was founded.
Formerly Kennesaw Charter School, KCSMA's governing board in 2009 voted unanimously to not renew its contract with its management company, Arlington, Va. based Imagine School, when it expired in the summer. The school was in danger of not having its charter renewed by the Cobb Board of Education because of a string of Air Max 95 Green And Black
Nina Bostic served 18 years as Cobb County School District bus driver before retiring. The new school will be named Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy at the Nina Bostic campus.
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"We will write into our social studies curriculum the history of the Bostic family and even have a Nina Bostic Day, where we can actually celebrate the fact that we own this land and how things came to be 200 years ago," said Kay Frey, KCSMA principal. The total cost of the land purchase and construction of the new facility is $13 million, said Lori Hardegree, KCSMA board chairwoman. Davidson Co. It's believed to be the first charter school in Georgia funded by private bonds. Kennesaw based architectural firm Croft Associates is designing the school, which will have more than 50 classrooms, a dining hall, several labs and a playground. School officials expect to break ground in January.
the deal with the Bostic family.
"We were paying them exorbitant fees for managing us when that's really not what charter schools are all about," Frey said of the separation. "We wanted more input from parents and staff."
alleged violations, including a failure to serve students with disabilities, enrollment discrepancies and concerns over the management company.
In December 2011, elementary students from Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy are expected to move into a new, two story, 110,000 square foot facility constructed on the land previously owned for nearly 200 years by the Bostics, according to family history.
KENNESAW Northeast Cobb resident Michelle Meek's ancestor Samuel Bostic, a former slave who was once prohibited from learning to read, would likely be thrilled to hear how his cherished land will be used next year.
The Bostic family is in the process of selling its 34 acres of property at 3010 Cobb Parkway, between Rutledge and Blue Springs Air Max 95 Ultra roads near Cobblestone Landing Apartments, to the charter school. The land was unanimously approved for zoning on Monday for that purpose by the Kennesaw City Council, which annexed the property from Cobb County.
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The late Nina Bostic, Meek's mother, was the last family member to live on the property, in a small, two bedroom house believed to have been in the family for as long as the land. Though the family was uncertain what to do with the property after she died at age 92 in September 2009, members didn't want to see another auto repair shop or strip mall built.
The old house that Samuel Bostic built, where his granddaughter Michelle Meek was raised, dates back to around 1872. Plans for the new school call for it to be preserved as a mini museum for education.
"It's just been a nightmare," Frey said. "These poor parents have endured stuff that nobody should have to endure at a school, as far as the floods, which made school unable to attend. Then the aftermath of the floods because so many resources were destroyed the carpet and we had to totally gut a whole downstairs worth of rooms last year because of the water damage."
According to family history, Samuel Bostic had been a former slave who was offered the original 100 acres of land from a Kennesaw man who promised to double the number of acres he could clear off. His was married to Clara Bostic. In 1880, Samuel Bostic helped found Sardis Baptist Church in Kennesaw, where the family remains as members. He died at age 102.
Charter schools receive state funding but have more autonomy than mainstream public schools.
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Northwest Cobb Commissioner Helen Goreham said the county made the right move by granting permission for Kennesaw to annex the land that is in her district.
"We had gotten other deals, but I just didn't like what other people were offering," said Meek, 61, Nina Bostic's only child. "(What persuaded me) was the fact that they wanted to put a charter school there, and that they would in fact keep my mom's house, and name the school after her. What really helped make my decision was the part of my mother's legacy is going to be part of their curriculum."
"The use was appropriate from its underlying zoning," Goreham said. "(The land) goes back to one of the first families in that area. I believe it was their wish that the school be there, and the historic significance of the property be remembered and also some of it be preserved."
"I think that the school is really going to excel," Meek said.
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