NesueCharterA second charter school will open in Johnston County in 2017, this time in Clayton.
 
During its August meeting, the N.C. Board of Education approved Johnston Charter Academy and seven other charter schools to open for the 2017-18 academic year. The decision follows a nearly year-long process that saw 28 applications submitted last September.
 
An advisory board recommended the state approve 14 of the applications; the board of education ultimately OK’d eight. Emereau: Johnston was another school vying for a charter in the county, but its application did not receive the advisory board’s blessing.
 
For nearly a decade, Neuse Charter School in Smithfield has been the county’s lone independent public school, boasting a waiting list for admission but currently on probation with the state following a bad audit. Johnston Charter Academy plans to build in the Clayton area, drawing students from the county’s quickly growing western side.
 
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