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National Heritage Academies Pulls Out Of Lee Scholars Charter School Agreement

CHAPEL HILL – The Howard and Lillian Lee Scholars charter school has come to another bump in the road as the management company behind it has pulled out of the agreement.

The Chapel Hill News reports that National Heritage Academies has removed itself from the proposed school that has seen multiple delays with problems finding a building to house its classrooms.

Lee Scholars was originally expected to open in August 2012 after receiving approval from the state to fast-track its opening. A 48,000 square-foot building was scheduled to be constructed on a seven-acre parcel of land in Carrboro called Claremont South; that property is being developed by Omar Zinn of Parker Louis, LLC. It was recently rezoned from residential-only after an approval by the Carrboro Board of Aldermen.

During the first BoA meeting of March, Zinn asked the Aldermen to delay the date of a public hearing about the property. That more than likely will delay the construction of the building that is already losing time to be available for an August opening.

NHA has opened more than 70 schools across America, mostly in its home state of Michigan.

The local NAACP was apposed to the application of the school stating that it could appear segregated due to its focus on low-income populations.

The status of the school’s opening is unknown at this time.

http://chapelboro.com/news/national-heritage-academies-pulls-out-of-lee-scholars-charter-school-agreement/