Harrison charter school prepped to expand

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The building foundation for Atlas Preparatory School, a Harrison School District 2 charter school, recently purchased the building that houses the school and the neighboring building.

The two structures at Airport Park are 2,800 and 2,600 square feet each. The sale price was $1.575 million.

The school opened operationally three years ago with just fifth grade students. Today, it houses about 350 fifth, sixth and seventh grade students, said executive director Zach McComsey.

Next year, he anticipates adding eighth graders and upping the student population to 500. The extra space from the second building will be incorporated into the school, he said.

The majority of the students in the school qualify for free and reduced lunch programs or speak English as a second language, McComsey said. They’re “just ordinary public school kids,” McComsey said.

There are no requirements to enter the preparatory school, but the goal is to get students ready to go on to four-year university programs after they graduate.