Thales Academy of Apex will hold its next Community Meeting on Wednesday, January 16th at 7PM in the Apex Community Center.
Officials from the school and its new Board of Trustees will be on hand to discuss the status of school construction, to answer any and all questions, and to accept applications for enrollment.
Additionally, state Representative Marilyn Avila (R-Wake) has joined Thales Academy of Apex as the Project Manager. She will serve to coordinate the activities from the early stages of fundraising by the parents through the construction of the facility.
Plans are for the school to be open for the 2008-2009 academic year. Avila (left) is a chemist by education, having worked in the North Carolina textile industry. Avila has been a business owner, advisor to Wake County Public Schools, a Director of the John Locke Foundation and an officer in the Wake County Republican Party.
Further, the Thales Academy of Apex has kicked off a million dollar capital funding campaign this week to provide financing for its first building, a two-story structure located just north of the Apex Town Hall.
Initially to house children in grades K-5, the school will eventually expand to grades K-8. The money will also be used to establish a scholarship fund for needy families in the community. The total cost for the completed school will be roughly 1/3rd that for Wake County Public Schools System schools housing the same number of students.
Thales Academy of Apex is the newest campus of Thales Academy Inc., a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit school founded by Raleigh industrialist Robert Luddy.
Other Thales Announcements:
Thales Academy of Apex has named its first local Board of Trustees, whose primary responsibility will be to provide community support for this affordable private school set to open its doors to grades K-5 in September of 2008 near the Apex Town Hall.
Trustees are Kent Misegades (left), Apex businessman (Chairman); Keith Weatherly, Mayor of Apex; Ron Margiotta, member of the Wake County School Board; Chloe Gossage, Apex parent and Senior Policy Analyst with the Civitas Institute; Kathleen Brennan, Cary parent and founder of Wake Cares; Cory Johnson, Apex parent and local businesswoman; Robert Luddy, President of CaptiveAire of Raleigh and founder of the Franklin, St. Thomas More and Thales Academies; and Marilyn Avila, Project Manager for Thales Academy Apex and member of the North Carolina House, representing District 40 of North Raleigh.
About Thales Academy of Apex:
Founded by Raleigh businessman and philanthropist Robert Luddy, who also established the Franklin Academy Charter Schools and the St. Thomas More Academy college prep school, Thales Academy offers a world-class education at an affordable price to families in North Carolina.
The Apex campus of Thales Academy will open its doors to K-5 pupils in the fall of 2008 on a traditional calendar. The school will expand to K-8 in subsequent years in a modern, two-story facility near the Apex Town Hall, on land generously donated by the Apex First Development Company, developers of the Villages of Apex.
Editor's Note: Your blogger has signed up her two-year-old son to attend Thales for kindergarten beginning at age 5, in the Fall of 2010.
She offers her most sincere thanks to the founders and trustees for making this education available as an alternative to the government-run school system.
Additionally, Katy Weatherly Benningfield is not related to Apex Mayor Keith Weatherly, but she often wishes they were.
Your blogger and Rep. Marilyn Avila were once colleagues at the John Locke Foundation. She greatly admires Rep. Avila and congratulates her on this new position.