MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - LEAD Academy, Montgomery first public charter school, has named Dr. Nicole Ivey its first principal.
The LEAD Academy board voted unanimously Monday night to hire Ivey, who is the principal at Montgomery’s Park Crossing High School.
“From the moment we met Dr. Ivey, we knew she would be a perfect fit,” said Charlotte Meadows, Chair of the LEAD Academy Board, in a news release. “Dr. Ivey’s dedication to the students in Montgomery was evident from our first conversation and we are excited to work with her to bring academic excellence to LEAD Academy.”
Ivey has a doctorate in education administration and leadership from the University of Alabama. She was previously the principal at Central Middle School in Coosa County.
“I am thrilled to be joining the staff at LEAD Academy,” Dr. Ivey said after being selected. “I am grateful to the LEAD Academy board for the trust that they have put in me as we welcome our first cohort of students this fall. The students of Montgomery deserve public school options and I am confident that LEAD Academy will prove to be a valuable contributor to this community.”
The Alabama Public Charter School Commission approved LEAD Academy’s application in February 2018, but the Alabama Education Association challenged the decision. On March 8, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled in favor of LEAD Academy, allowing the school to move forward with plans to open.
The school is located at the former Algernon Blair Building, which previously served as a bank headquarters, at 2897 Eastern Boulevard. The nearly 13-acre campus is made up of two brick buildings with 30,000 square feet of space.
The school is scheduled to open Aug. 19 with 360 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. It will expand every year and eventually become a K-12 school.