Lake Lure Classical Academy announces shift in leadership

Published 11:15 pm Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Following the resignation of Caroline Upchurch last week from Lake Lure Classical Academy (LLCA), curriculum director Jess Boland, has been named acting school director.

“We sincerely appreciate Ms. Upchurch for her enthusiasm and commitment to the school during our first three formative years,” said board chair Jim Proctor. “Along with a team of great teachers, amazing students and truly supportive families, we have been able to, not just open the school, but grow and strengthen its impact and reputation in the communities we serve.”

In August, the school will embark on its fourth year and will add 10th grade. More than 320 students are enrolled with the number continually increasing.

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“While we say goodbye to Ms. Upchurch and wish her all the best in her future endeavors, we are at the same time excited about how the school is so strongly poised for this next chapter in our unfolding story,” said Proctor.

“An active recruitment effort is getting underway for a dynamic new school director, someone highly suited to lead LLCA into the future with vision, experience, discipline, openness and compassion,” Proctor said.

Additionally, a School Leadership Team of teachers and parent representatives is forming to make classroom assignments and identify new teacher and staff positions that will be hired.  This group will make it a top priority to communicate these plans to parents.

For the new school year that starts this August, LLCA has obtained space in the brick buildings to the west of the school. These additional, temporary facilities will include three classrooms, two sets of boys/girls restrooms and an office space with a restroom.

The space will be renovated for approved use as a school. The new facilities will be used for ninth and 10th grade students.

Lake Lure Classical Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy (LLCA-CFA), provides a first-class education to every child, thereby developing thoughtful, articulate young adults. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2013-2014 school year. Visit to download an enrollment application, or call 828-625-9292.

– article submitted by Michelle Yelton