The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 10:02 pm

Johnson Academy receives charter renewal

Jamie Duffy | The Journal Gazette

Education One, a public charter school-authorizing entity based at Trine University, granted the Timothy L. Johnson Academy a two-year charter renewal.

The academy on Werling Drive in Fort Wayne now has a two-year charter effective June 30 through June 30, 2018.

The school was rated an "F" school in the A-F state accountability rating system for 2014. The two previous years, the school received a "D."

The school, founded in 2002, lost its charter with Ball State University in 2013.

Two years ago, the board brought in Dawn Starks, a former Fort Wayne Community Schools principal, to turn things around at the school. Education One gave the school an initial deadline of Dec. 31, 2014, to make changes favorable to a turnaround.

The announcement of the charter renewal was made by Leona Group of Michigan, the charter school’s managing agent.

"It’s been an honor to be a part of the Timothy L. Johnson Academy family and to experience the growth and successes of the academy throughout the years," Ian Rolland, board president, said in a statement Tuesday. "We look forward to a bright future for the academy."

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