The company that manages New Hope Academy Charter School — which will close in June — is planning to open a private school.

The Hilda Goodling Impact Academy at 200 E. Princess St. will serve students in grades K-12, said Denise Stouffer, assistant managing officer for 3Cord Inc.

Stouffer said 3Cord is planning to open the academy in the fall.

Enrollment is open now, but a target number of students has not yet been decided, she said.

"We're still in that planning phase," Stouffer said.

According to the school's website, http://hgiacademy.org, the school will offer three academy programs — entrepreneurial, sports science and performing arts.

The website also lays out tuition costs for the private school. For elementary and middle school students, the cost is $8,500 annually.

That cost increases to $9,395 for high school students.

The academy, according to its website, will charge special-education students $12,500 annually.

The name: The academy gets its name from the late Hilda Goodling, who taught for 50 years, including almost a decade in the Dallastown Area School District and more than 30 years in York Suburban School District. She was the wife of former U.S. Rep. Bill Goodling.

Stouffer said 3Cord believes students and parents should have choices. Representatives distributed information about the academy Thursday at New Hope's two-hour "school choice fair."


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More than a dozen schools, including the York City School District, also shared information with parents and students at the fair.

The city school district denied New Hope's application for a charter renewal in 2012. New Hope appealed that decision to the state-level appeals board, which upheld the district's decision in a 52-page document that cited a laundry list of academic failures, alleged charter violations and unethical financial practices at New Hope.

In their opinion issued in April, Commonwealth Court judges disagreed with New Hope's argument that charter school law does not establish "requirements for student performance."

During the school's five years in operation, New Hope students consistently scored below district students on standardized tests.

The court also agreed with the district's and board's earlier conclusions that New Hope violated the Ethics Act and Nonprofit Law in business dealings with its founder, Isiah Anderson.

Anderson owns three companies, including 3Cord, with financial ties to New Hope. The school paid those companies more than $6 million between 2008 and 2011, according to the court.

Approached for comment Friday, Anderson declined.

— Reach Erin James at ejames@yorkdispatch.com.