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Wilm. charter school says it will exceed state enrollment requirement

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Douglass Academy leaders say 95 students are enrolled for the upcoming school year. (Source: WECT) Douglass Academy leaders say 95 students are enrolled for the upcoming school year. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

After being placed on warning for low enrollment last school year, Douglass Academy reports it's on track to exceed state charter school requirements when classes resume Aug. 26. 

When the public school first opened last August, only 36 students showed up even though 80 were enrolled, said Baker Mitchell, president of Roger Bacon Academy, the company that manages the school. 

Administrators blamed the low numbers on a delay in securing a location and problems with a mass mailing.  

The state mandates that charter schools have at least 65 students enrolled.  

Douglass Academy officials appeared before the State Charter School Advisory Board in March to address the deficiency. 

In May, The State Board of Education voted to give Douglas Academy until Aug. 1 to provide records showing they had 65 students enrolled. 

In a press release issued earlier this week, school leaders said 95 students are enrolled for the upcoming school year. They said the number may rise, as enrollment remains open.

By Sept. 12, the school must prove at least 65 students are in attendance at the school. The terms of the State Board's waiver directs the Office of Charter Schools to verify the students by September 15.  

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