Ardmore Community Academy’s board of education is planning to appeal the rejection of  the proposed charter school in the Ardmore City Schools’ district directly to the state board of education.
ACS rejected the proposed charter school during a special meeting last month, citing logistical concerns over transportation for students, meeting disabled students’ needs and where the school would be housed.
ACA head Brett Stidham said right now the ACA board is reaching out to parents in small groups, collecting signatures of support and pre-enrolling students while preparing for their appeal to the state, a process that involves submitting their proposal and a memo explaining why they’re appealing the school’s decision.  
“We want to make sure families know the reason we’ve begun this journey, and that we’re still moving forward,” Stidham said.
During the October meeting, Stidham said certain things, like a plan to provide meals for students and confirmation that the school could be housed in HFV Wilson Community Center could only be finalized after the school board approved the charter.
The ACA board also cited support from members of Ardmore’s Chamber of Commerce as proof of community support. Following the meeting, Chamber of Commerce president Mita Bates clarified that while individual members could support whatever they choose, it doesn’t reflect the position of  the chamber body.
Stidham said they haven’t made a decision about possibly holding additional open forums before making their appeal to the state.
“We’re still reflecting on the best way to get people together,” Stidham said. “We’re still pulling those steps together and making sure we put our best foot forward.”
If approved, the charter school would start next year, with the opportunity for 50 pre-K and Kindergarten students for a total of 100 students.
“This journey is all about providing a high quality option for children so by the time they get to high school they’re prepared for whatever their next steps are,”  Stidham said.