ACTON — The Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District Board of Education unanimously denied a petition for the proposed Eagle Collegiate Academy charter school at its Nov. 14 meeting for the fourth time.
The petitioners, including founder and CEO Ogo Johnson and Board President Ken Higginbotham, sought to establish a charter school with the International Baccalaureate program, beginning with the primary years program, for children ages three to 12, and continuing with the high school diploma program.
Johnson and Higginbotham sought to base their school in the former Tony Alamo Christian Ministries building on Sierra Highway in Agua Dulce.
The petitioners initially submitted a petition for Eagle Collegiate Academy to the Sulphur Springs Union School District. Sulphur Springs denied the petition in December 2016.
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified’s Board previously denied the petition for Eagle Collegiate Academy in May 2017, April 2018, and November 2018. The Los Angeles County Board of Education denied the petition on appeal In December 2017. The County Board took no action on a second appeal in June 2018, noting that the petition was identical, or nearly identical, to the petition it denied in December 2017. The County Board also took no action on a third appeal for the same reason.
The State Board of Education unanimously denied the petitioners’ appeal in May on the same grounds the District denied the petition in November 2018. Acton-Agua Dulce Unified staff recommended the petition for denial in November 2018.
It is not clear whether the petitioners sought a fourth appeal. Eagle Collegiate petitioners did not return an email message seeking comment.
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified Superintendent Larry King recommended the petition for denial in part based on the finding that the petitioners were demonstrably unlikely to successfully implement the program. In addition, the current petition was nearly identical to the previously denied petitions. The only significant changes were the proposed starting enrollment. However, District staff found the enrollment projections to still be unreasonable.