For a third time, the would-be founder of the Championship Academy of Distinction is back to make her case before the York City School District's school board.

Cynthia Dotson wants to open a new charter school in the city that would emphasize health and fitness in its curriculum. The K-3 school would offer programs the district no longer does.

"It's a healthy-living type of curriculum that we feel is needed within the community," Dotson said.

Dotson, who is also involved in Florida schools, said the Championship Academy would use a program called i-Ready to regularly assess students' academic abilities.

"Where they're weak, it actually pulls out some examples of educational tools they should be using," Dotson said. "The kids are very much aware of where they stand academically."

As far as a physical space for the school, Dotson said she's evaluating several options, including district-owned buildings that currently aren't being used.

York City's school board denied Dotson's application for a Championship Academy charter in 2012, and then again in 2013.

On Monday, Feb. 10, Dotson will have 30 minutes to present the application. The hearing will begin at 7 p.m. in the district's administration building, 31 N. Pershing Ave.

The school board plans to vote on the application at its 6:30 p.m. meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

Dotson said she's taken the board's past criticisms into consideration.

"A lot has changed. I'm grateful for the feedback that I've gotten from the district the past two years. All they've done is strengthen (the application)," Dotson said. "We made every revision and then some. We think we have a near perfect application."

Nonetheless, Dotson said she's not expecting the board to approve the new charter because the success of the district's financial recovery plan depends on the return of charter students to the district.

If the board approves the application, the Championship Academy would be York City's sixth charter school.

Dotson is a former administrator of the Crispus Attucks YouthBuild Charter School, one of the six.

This time, if the board rejects her application, Dotson said she'll appeal their decision.

"I may lose the battles, but I'm not going to lose the war," she said. "I just want to make a change, and I'm not going to stop until it's approved."

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