AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Charter Commission has approved two more charter schools that could begin serving students next fall.
The panel voted this week to approve Acadia Academy, which plans to serve 112 students from pre-school to second grade in the Lewiston-Auburn area, and Snow Pond Arts Academy, which plans to start serving as many as 124 students from the Central Maine area.
The votes authorize the independent commission to enter into contract negotiations.
In 2011, Gov. Paul LePage signed legislation making Maine the 41st state to allow public charter schools and establishing the seven-member commission to authorize up to 10 charter schools. Currently, there are seven charter schools serving approximately 1,500 Maine students.