A former Fort Wayne Community Schools principal and his two sons hope to start a new charter school next fall.
The school would be an all-boys’ academy located in southeast Fort Wayne and would be authorized by Grace College, according to the school’s organizers.
The school would be led by Thomas Smith, former principal of Wayne High School. The school would likely be managed by the Leona Group, Inc., the education management organization that runs Timothy L. Johnson Academy on Anthony and West Washington boulevards, according to organizers.
The school would be called the Smith Academy for Excellence (SAFE), and would be the first ever all-boys’ charter school in the state of Indiana, according to organizers.
The Smith Academy is scheduled to open in the fall of 2012 serving grades 6 through 9 and will expand one grade level higher and one grade level lower each year until it is a K-12 school, according to Cam Smith.
The curriculum would emphasize college preparation, character education and service learning.
School organizers declined to give any information about a possible location for the school, and said they would give out additional information at a Tuesday news conference.
Smith, a popular principal, was removed from his position at Wayne High School last winter and retired at the end of the school year. FWCS officials did not discuss the reason for the staff change.
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