Bingham Academy’s is a new charter school in Blackfoot that has recently learned it’s going to receive $600 thousand dollars in startup money to help cover costs. Summer Joy went back to school to see if she could get educated on the situation.
That money is going to be used in the school’s startup, whose goal is to help students be prepared for college or a career when they graduate. As you can see this is one of the classrooms behind me.
Bingham Academy is the only school in Idaho to have ever received a startup grant. The Academy hopes to have their first bell ring in the fall of 2013. The school is in the final stages of presenting its proposal, which once finalized will secure the grant money.
Once the charter is authorized, Bingham Academy will receive an additional $200 thousand dollar grant from the J.A. and Catherine Albertson Foundation.
This school will be a public charter school that offers 9th through 12th grade open to the public. Applicants will be selected using a lottery system. Bingham Academy plans to teach using real world resources that will be needed when they graduate and in the future.
"This is important becasue its providing an opportunity for students to really excell when they hit highschool. Our objective is to help become college ready and career ready and this grant will help us provide the tools necessary to get there," said Greg Sigerson, Chairman of the Board of Bingham Academy.
Students that want to pursue a college degree will have the opportunity to receive their associate’s degree while finishing their high-school diploma.
700 schools applied for the grant but only 18 were selected, including Bingham Academy.
Sigerson believes in bingham academy because it offers an opportunity to prepare studetns to make intelligent decisions about their education and future careers and he wants to support it becaue that is what Sigerson wants for his son.