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New charter school’s goals outlined

FERRIDAY — Failure may not be an option for the new Delta Charter School.

Delta Charter School’s chief executive officer and director Clovis Christman outlined the school’s goals Thursday during a speech at the Ferriday Rotary Club meeting.

Christman began by defining the school’s mascot — The Storm.

“It is a serious disturbance, tumultuous outburst, a sudden, heavy influx and a violent assault on a position,” he said. “That is who we are. We exist to make an impact and produce students that can critically think but are also well-rounded.”

Christman said his main goal as the school’s director is to prepare students for post-secondary education or success in the workplace, but also produce productive members of society.

“We will be held to the same standard of education as all of the public schools and perform above and beyond that,” he said.

He also stressed the economic impact that the school will have on the area.

The school employs 32 people. Christman said eight of the employees were brought in from other areas.

In total, employee salaries equal $1.5 million.

“We are going to be a part of the community and contribute to the community by buying groceries and gas and everything else you need to live,” he said. “We want to use local labor and improve the community economically.”

Christman continued, saying that failure is not an option for the school.

“Those of us who have chosen to work here have taken a chance professionally,” he said. “We will be successful.”

Delta Charter School will open on Monday with an enrollment of 330 students. It will be housed in the former Huntington School building. Huntington School closed in 2010 because of declining enrollment.