Chris Kudialis Andre Agassi, center right, and Bobby Turner, center left, of the Turner-Agassi Charter School Facilities Fund engage with first-graders Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, at Mater Gold Mine Academy in Las Vegas. The charter school opened in August 2017.
Monday, Dec. 11, 2017|1:41 p.m.
With more than 1.2 million trainees nationwide waiting to obtain into public charter schools, it is very important to expand such opportunities, charter advocates said today at a ribbon-cutting event for a brand-new school in the east valley.
Funding partners Andre Agassi and Bobby Turner signed up with Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Coffin, state Sen. Mo Denis and school Principal Amy Gronna at the ritualistic opening of Mater Bonanza Academy, which serves almost 800 trainees in kindergarten through 8th grade.
“This is a dream come realized,” Agassi stated.
The academy, which provides students 45 more minutes of guideline a day than schools in the Clark County School District, serves nearly 600 trainees whose native language is not English, Gronna stated. It opened in August, with an objective of bringing struggling trainees to grade-level proficiency in mathematics, science, English and reading.
“Low earnings does not indicate low chances of success,” stated Judith Marty of Florida-based Mater Academy Inc. “Every kid has a chance for success.”
As part of today’s occasions, Agassi and Turner, who own and lease the 55,000-square-foot building on 5 acres near Bonanza and Nellis boulevards, explored the school.
When a first-grader asked Agassi why he invested in the academy, Agassi, who left of school after 8th grade to concentrate on his tennis profession, stated he hoped the academy would offer students “an opportunity at education.”
“I began thinking about kids who do not have an option in their lives due to the fact that they don’t have a quality education,” Agassi stated. “Often, you’re not as fortunate as I was, being at the top of a sport.”
Turner said he and Agassi have actually funded 79 schools across the country because 2011– consisting of 29 in Las Vegas– however there’s still “a long way to go.” They prepare to rent land to construct 50 more schools by 2020, he stated.