As you may know, 15 of our schools went before the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools today for a 20 year charter renewal. I am proud to share with you that all 15 schools were approved and have received a 20 year charter extension. This is a huge milestone for The Leona Group! It is yet another indicator of our bright future and it highlights the incredible opportunity we have to continue giving hope to and changing the lives of thousands more students across Arizona. This accomplishment is the direct result of years of hard work, passion and a steadfast commitment to our mission. It is the direct result of every member of our TLG family rowing in the same direction to achieve great things for kids.
Although it goes without saying, a special thank you to Dr. Coats whose opening remarks this morning reminded us all of why we are LEONA and why our schools are so critical to the communities, families and students we serve. It was a proud moment to have the ASBCS board members and staff hear from Dr. Coats and our school leaders. The conviction that underlies all that we do was on bold display today. Congratulations and thank you to all of the leaders and school-based leadership teams who scored 20 year charter extensions for Team Leona! They are:
Crestview College Preparatory High School, Kristin Schaefer
Desert Hills High School, Greg Garland
Estrella High School, J.D. Corey
Peoria Accelerated High School, Amanda Bachler & Marcus Englund
West Phoenix High School, Alex Horton
Skyview High School, Danielle Calderon
Vista Grove Preparatory Academy -- Elementary & Middle School, Abelardo Batista
Apache Trail High School, Terra Kasapo
Sun Valley High School, Joe Procopio
Maya High School, John Anderson
Summit High School, Jim Sigman
Quest High School, Melissa Barnett
Gilbert Arts Academy, Lauren Arnold & Lisa Figueroa
Liberty Arts Academy, Julia Angel
Thank you also to our academic support team who worked tirelessly to guide our schools through the renewal process successfully:
Dr. Nicole McNeil
Again, it is because of the commitment that we all share, evidenced daily through our intentional focus on serving kids and communities in the greatest need, that today was a success. In the words of Georgia Rodgers, we have another 20 years "to give hope and to inspire, to show love and demonstrate compassion, to educate and build futures, to make a difference and save lives. What an opportunity!"
Thank you for everything that you do--it is an absolute privilege to work alongside you.
Chief Operating Officer
The Leona Group