Asheboro, NC October 23, 2015

This week, at a meeting hosted by Uwharrie Charter Academy, the NC Public Charter Schools Association (NCPCSA) increased its Board of Directors from three members to thirteen. The move came about Jennifer Lucas headshotfrom the need to increase the breadth of school representation and to restructure the organization for growth over the third decade of the state’s charter movement.

The new members are: Carroll Reed (Southern Wake), Rhonda Dillingham (Uwharrie), Rudy Swofford (Summerfield), Simon Johnson (Quality Education), Natalie Brozy (Roxboro Community), Dave Machado (Lincoln Charter), Kirby McCrary (Millennium), Cynthia McQueen (Torchlight), Antoinette Ellison (INVEST Collegiate), Melanie Williams (PreEminent), Ivonne Reed (Langtree Charter), Stephen Hester (Bethel Hill Charter), and Jennifer Lucas (Voyager Academy).

Lucas, the Managing Director of Durham’s Voyager, was elected chair of the board, and released this statement:

“I am both humbled and excited to serve as the new Board Chair for the NCPCSA. Twelve years ago I walked into a charter school for my daughter’s first day in Kindergarten and I never looked back! Charter schools offer families a choice in their child’s education, and they are designed to increase and improve the school-home relationships which promote student achievement. For this reason I have continued to look for meaningful ways to support the charter movement as an educator and as a parent.

Over the past 10 years I have worked hard to improve charter school performance and increase the number of charter school options available for families. I have also had the good fortune to work with a number of equally passionate educators committed to making sure that the charter schools we have been a part of provide a program based on high expectations for student achievement, professional development for staff, and are run with financial efficacy to ensure long term success.

My first goal as the Board Chair is to work closely with all of the members of the Board and the Association to identify what we can do to support the charter schools we already have in North Carolina as well as ways that support new school development. My second goal is to help build relationships with other advocacy and interest groups so that all charter school leaders can speak with one voice in support of charter school education. I believe that educating children comes first, and it is our responsibility to do what is best for kids. If we are all working towards this end, we will improve student achievement and help prepare our children for future success in college and careers. That of course, should be our ultimate driving mission.”

The NCPCSA is a non profit 501(c)(3) with a mission of growing and sustaining high quality public charter schools that nourish North Carolina’s children and enrich their families. It is recognized as the leading public charter school advocate in North Carolina. More information may be found at ncpubliccharters.org.

# # #