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Copper Island Academy Purchases Land from County

Correction: Steve Aho is the Principal of Copper Island Academy. His title has been changed to reflect that.

The Copper Island Academy will purchase an adjoining parcel of land from the county. At the County Commissioners meeting last night the board approved the purchase of a parcel of land by the Copper Island Academy Real Estate, LLC. The limited liability corporation is the development authority for the Copper Island Academy and technically owns the land that the school sits on. Copper Island Academy Principal Steve Aho says that the school wants to use the space for outdoor education.

We like the land because it’s high, dry land. We haven’t gotten plans yet, but we’ve started discussing that. From an outdoor educational standpoint we want to as much of that land to be able to do science and any of the outdoor educational activities that our teachers are setting up with kids. – Principal Steve Aho

The purchase price for the parcel is set for $5000. Though the academy has only begun talking about what could be used in the area. Plans have not been decided yet as to what the land will be used for. Aho did express that the school already sits on a large chunk of land, but saw an opportunity to help the school grow.

We would be certainly open to it, but we almost 22 acres to start with and we felt that was a great chunk of land. But as we began to look at things too, we wanted to keep all options open. – Principal Steve Aho

Copper Island Academy is in their inaugural academic year, having opened for the first time back in August. The school regularly sees visits from Central Michigan University and the State Board of Education. In order to confirm that the school is using best practices when educating students.  

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