- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Lafayette parents now have until March 31 to sign their children up for new charter schools set to open in August.

Working with a local board, the management company Charter Schools USA plans to open the Lafayette Renaissance Charter Academy in northern Lafayette Parish. So far, spokeswoman Colleen Reynolds says the company has received 295 student applications.

Meanwhile, Reynolds tells The Advertiser (https://bit.ly/1gko9Ki ) the Acadiana Renaissance Charter Academy has drawn 505 applications. That school will open in Youngsville.

Both schools will serve students in kindergarten through sixth grade next year, with plans to add more grades in future years.

Reynolds said the decision to extend the enrollment period was made mainly because of the recent bad winter weather, including ice storms and freezing temperatures.

“The board asked us to extend enrollment because the times when we had the information sessions, the weather was just so bad,” Reynolds said. “They thought it would just be better to give more people a chance to really learn more about the schools and get their applications in.”

Another charter school, Willow Charter Academy, is also slated to open in August near the Northgate Mall in north Lafayette.

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Information from: The Advertiser, https://www.theadvertiser.com

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