CANTON, Miss. — One Mississippi community will get its say on a plan to open a charter school.

The Charter School Authorizer Board will hold a public hearing Thursday in Canton to hear community thoughts on a plan for the SR1 College Preparatory and STEM Academy.

The board will vote on SR1’s application next month. The school would start with kindergarten and first graders in fall 2018, growing to a K-12 school with 975 students by 2029. The organization, which has run enrichment programs, says Canton needs a charter school because of low achievement levels.

The hearing will be at 6 p.m. at the Canton Multipurpose Center, 501 Soldiers Colony Road.

Written comments can be emailed to the board at or mailed to 239 N. Lamar St., Suite 207, Jackson MS 39201.

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