A Look Inside a Relocated Charter School

By: Tiffany Huertas Email
By: Tiffany Huertas Email
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PANAMA CITY-- The morning bell will soon ring for the University Academy Charter School.

"It really is going to open up some new and exciting opportunities for learning in our community," said Kelly Forehand, Parent.

Kelly Forehand's two children have been going to the school since it opened in 2012.

320 students have already enrolled for the fall.

The school's new location is at the former Panama City-Bay County International Airport.

"To actually be able to walk into the building now and say wow, this does look exactly like we hoped it would. Very exciting," said Judy Vandergrift, Principal.

School officials say the schools latest "A" grade has parents all over Bay County interested.

"Our teachers and our students worked really hard to achieve that A," said Vandergrift.

The new school will feature 20 classrooms.

The school is part of a bigger project.

The 700-acre plot of land at the former airport will soon become a community called "Sweet Bay."

Developers say "Sweet Bay" will have about 3,200 residential units, including waterfront apartments and condos. Plans also include several parks.

Dozens of students are on the school's waiting list.

School officials say they'll be hosting an open house on August 18th at 4 p.m.


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