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Copper Island Academy near full enrollment

Principal Steve Aho says that Copper Island Academy enrollment is capped at 346 students for the fall and it is within 16 children of hitting that goal. While sign-ups have been generally even from kindergarten through eighth grade, being so close to the maximum means waiting lists are in place for some levels.

The school’s construction remains on track to open in time for the first day of the academic calendar, tentatively set as Tuesday, September 7th. The school had to recently purchase a strip of land in addition to the two parcels already bought near Houghton County Memorial Airport. Aho explains why that was necessary.

We wanted to position the building in a way that we stayed away from and were able to preserve what were potential wetlands on the site.

Aho says there are no plans to develop a high school in the next several years and rumors to the contrary remain just that. Aho expects Copper Island Academy to keep most of its extracurricular activities in-house, but has explored the possibility of entering into a co-op arrangement for certain middle school athletics. All discussions were very preliminary in nature.

Aho says hiring is going well.

We’ve had a month and a half of what seems like straight interviews here. We’re looking for just a few more elementary teachers, so we need a total of 16.

He says staff for the higher grades will be brought on in the coming months.

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