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October 2, 2009

Charter school seeks zoning at former Westvale Elementary



ANDERSON­ — Anderson Preparatory Academy will ask the city for zoning approval Wednesday to locate its future charter high school campus in a one-time city elementary school building.

City zoning officials have recommended approval of variances for rules on parking lots and building setbacks so that APA can use the former Westvale Elementary School at 2200 W. 22nd Street. The site most recently housed Wilson Boys and Girls Club.

APA Commandant Col. Robert Guillaume said the military-structured charter school plans to use to the facility to house its expanding classes. The school expanded to offer a ninth grade class this year, and will add a 10th grade class next year.

At that point, a new facility will be needed. “We’re kind of packed to the gills at our current capacity,” Guillaume said of the school’s current site at 3205 W. 25th Street.

The former Westvale site would open to students in ninth and 10th grade next year if zoning and other issues can be resolved. Guillaume said the zoning hearing “is just a step in that direction.”

Guillaume said the Westvale site would be used much as it was during the years that it served as an Anderson public elementary school. “There’s really nothing major that needs to be changed,” he said.

The 44,640-square-foot school also would house 11th and 12th grade classes that are to be added in the two successive years.

APA would have to return to the board next year with plans for expansion and improvements that would be needed when the school adds 11th and 12th grades.

Under its charter authorized by Ball State University, the academy is limited to 80 students per grade level per year, and is at the cap with 320 students. Once it has grades 6-12 in three years, enrollment could reach 560.

If you go

What: Anderson Board of Zoning Appeals

Where: Council Chambers, City Building, 120 E. Eighth St.

When: 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Contact Dave Stafford: 648-4250, dave.stafford@heraldbulletin.com

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