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Nearby: State Recommends Denial of Smyrna Academy of Excellence Charter

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State Recommends Denial of Smyrna Academy of Excellence's Charter

Smyrna Academy of Excellence officials received verbal confirmation that the Georgia Charter School Committee would recommend that the State Board of Education deny their petition to become a state chartered special school.

“Our next step is a private school,” said LeAnn Boucher, a Smyrna Academy of Excellence volunteer. “They’ve gotten the ‘no’ recommendation that the Charter Committee is going to give the State Board of Education we’re going to move forward with a private school that will open in the 2013-2014 school year.”

She said that school officials wouldn’t know why the committee recommended denying their petition until they receive a written recommendation. citing the school’s perceived financial limitations.

Marietta Rape Suspect Caught Within 24 Hours

Marietta Police arrested Norris Leonard, 31, of Marietta for the alleged rape of a woman that occurred at the Ashford Retreat Apartments located at 2121 Windy Hill Road.

The incident occurred on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at approximately 12:30 p.m. 

A female contract employee of the complex was cleaning a vacant apartment when she was attacked by an unknown black man who brandished a knife and robbed her of an unknown amount of cash.

Home of Murdered Woman Demolished

In January 2011, Michael Rowe, 52 at the time, allegedly hit his wife multiple times in the head with what his arrest warrant called and .

His wife, 55-year-old Kathy R. Robinson, .

, some residents noted the property's unsightliness and suggested something should be done to prevent loose objects from flying out and kids from getting in.

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