The board of a new downtown charter elementary school is accepting applications for the head of the school.
John W. Rex Elementary School isn't expected to open until the start of the 2013-14 school year, but private funds will allow a headmaster to come on board for the 2012-13 academic year, said Bob Ross, one of the members of the charter school's board.
Giving the headmaster an extra year will allow him or her to participate in building design, staff hiring and academic planning, Ross said.
“We don't want to have decided every single thing before our leader gets here,” Ross said.
The deadline to apply is May 15. Details about the position and how to apply are available at www.inasmuchfoundation.org.
Ross said he and other board members are looking for someone who is willing to embrace diversity, change, new ideas and different educational models. For example, because of its location, the school might not need all the trappings of a traditional school, like an auditorium or a library.
“You can shape and mold the school from the ground up,” Ross said. “You have the best of all worlds.”
The school will be built to accommodate about 500 students, though only about 120 live within the area, Ross said.
The school will be open to students within its boundaries first. Then it will be open to students in the district, then students who live outside the district, but have a parent or parents working downtown and then students from anywhere in the state. If more than 500 students want to attend, the school must have a lottery.