SAVANNAH, GA – May 11, 2020 – In light of Governor Kemp’s state wide mandate for all state budgets in Georgia to prepare for an anticipated reduction of 14%, Savannah Classical Academy (SCA) has been preparing for this challenge. SCA is a public charter school within the Savannah Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) which is anticipating significantly increased student numbers for the 2020-21 school year after a successful lottery process. As the only K-12 charter school in the district, SCA is a public school funded by state and local tax funds. State funds are allocated using the same criteria as for every other public school funded in Georgia and SCCPSS. The fact that SCA’s charter allows it to operate autonomously under a board of parents and community members, makes no difference in the funding process. Any reductions to public school funding enacted legislatively is applied to all public schools in the same manner.
“I wanted to clarify the situation to avoid any confusion in SCCPSS’ proposed response to state wide funding cuts required because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said SCA Executive Director Barry Lollis.
“Reductions made to the state budget for public school funding is applied to charters in the same manner as they are for all public schools in Georgia. Fortunately, SCA is in a strong fiscal position due to conservative budgeting, and due to significant demand, we have increased student enrollment with almost one hundred new students next year.”
SCA is a K-12 public charter school which is open to all students residing in Chatham County. www.savannahclassicalacademy.org.
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The Savannah Classical Academy (SCA) was founded in Chatham County in 2013 as a lottery enrollment public charter school. SCA’s mission is to provide every child with a classical and academically rigorous education while instilling a commitment to civic virtue and moral character. SCA is committed to developing literate and articulate students who will become active, responsible members of the community and will make a positive contribution to society.