Greg Batten has been named lead administrator for the Central Carolina Academy charter school which is set to open in Lee County next year.

Central Carolina Academy, Lee County’s third charter school which expects to open in the fall of 2022, has named veteran educator Greg Batten its lead administrator, according to a press release.

Batten has twice served as principal at Lee County High School, most recently until last week, when he had been interim principal following the retirement of Steven Ross. Batten, according to the press release, will begin in the new position “as state funding becomes available.”

Central Carolina Academy was approved by the North Carolina State Board of Education in April and will serve middle school and high school students. It will be a replication of the academic program at Chatham Charter School in Siler City, and the two schools will form a conglomeration of partner schools led by Dr. John Eldridge, who is currently the Head of School for Chatham Charter.

Meanwhile, Central Carolina Academy’s board and school leadership are looking for a campus location.

“The Chatham Charter Board of Directors and I are excited about two schools working collaboratively to meet the needs of our two communities,” Eldridge said. “We look forward to working with Mr. Batten and the Central Carolina Academy Board of Directors in this unique partnership.”