The two-story building will have nine classrooms on the main floor. A music room and cafeteria will be housed on the second floor. The new location also features a separate gymnasium that will be used for physical education classes five days a week as well as athletic competitions.
Mr. Baker said that the building previously housed a commercial business. The interior was completely gutted and reconfigured to accommodate the school. “The classrooms are larger to accommodate our growing student enrollment, and each will have the latest technology, including Smartboards and projectors,” he said. “It also will support our plan to offer classes for students entering fifth grade beginning next school year.”
Mr. Baker also announced that the school was awarded a $200,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Education in recognition of the school’s increased enrollment, rising student achievement scores and satisfactory performance on district efficiency ratings.
“The grant was totally unexpected,” Mr. Baker said. “The state recognized The Knight Academy as a model charter school because of the hard work of our board, faculty, staff, students and parents.” The funds will be used to help boost student performance on math and language arts tests, and implement programs to aid student retention and dropout prevention.
The academy will celebrate its move to the new building with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house on Thursday, January 28.
The Knight Academy offers advanced courses in science, language and technology, as well as an extended school day and school year. Its mission is to provide a superior educational experience focusing on academic preparation, and character and physical development.