Shelby County Schools will have nine more charter schools next year after a 5-3 vote by the school board Tuesday night. The board approved applications for a total of nine new schools, including the six Compass Community Schools looking to replace the soon-to-close Jubilee Catholic Schools Network.
The school board for Shelby County Schools on Tuesday approved the opening of nine charter schools in 2019, including six in buildings now occupied by a network of Catholic schools.
John Smarrelli has been building a career in higher education since 1971. Now the 22nd president of Christian Brothers University — a private Lasallian Catholic college in the middle of Memphis — Smarrelli sees his new work in the K-12 charter sector as explicitly connected to his role as a university leader.
With the Jubilee Catholic Schools Network set to close at the end of the 2018-2019 school year, a new charter school operator is planning to open nine new schools.