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UPDATE: Wilm. charter school meets state enrollment requirements

Medley found 86 students were enrolled at the school exceeding enrollment requirements. (Source: WECT) Medley found 86 students were enrolled at the school exceeding enrollment requirements. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

After being placed on warning for low enrollment last school year, Douglass Academy has been removed from the warning list, exceeding enrollment requirements.

The Director of North Carolina Charter Schools, Joel Medley, visited Douglass Academy Friday to observe the school. He found 86 students had enrolled since last August, when the school first opened last August with only 36 students.

At the time 80 students were enrolled, according Baker Mitchell, president of Roger Bacon Academy, the company that manages the school; however, Mitchell said the low numbers were caused by a delay in securing a location and problems with a mass mailing.

"[Douglass Academy] has met the condition of the statute related to enrollment and has been removed from the governance warning," Medley stated after visiting the school Friday. "They are meeting the needs of these children through their State Board of Education approved mission and education plan."

According to school officials the tuition-free charter school will expand to serve grades K-5 by 2017.

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