The proposed French immersion charter school in Montclair has filed its Phase II application and has also changed its name from Fulbright Academy to Montclair Charter School. The group, headed by co-founder Darryle Bogan (Janelle Anderson is another founder), writes in its letter to Commissioner David Hespe that the name change is to better position the school, described as a STEAM/Dual Lanuguage School (English/French with Spanish as a core) at the center of the community and to follow the example of the Princeton Charter School. Edith Boncompain is identified as a possible principal for the school, she is a former principal of a French-American Charter School in Harlem.
No matter what name the group gives the proposed charter school, vocal Montclair parents have taken to social media to oppose the charter and are encouraging residents to send an opposition letter here.
Superintendent Ronald Bolandi had sent this opposition letter from the district in May, but the charter group has made it to Phase II.
Bogan, in the group’s Phase II Application attempts to refute claims from Bolandi’s letter.