By AMY GAREIS     News-Herald Staff Writer

FREEPORT – Longtime efforts to begin a charter school in Freeport are paying off as the Lakeland Academy Community School plans to open its doors in September.

Organizer Jennifer Fisher said the school would be located at the former Freeport Market on Main Street, which has been closed since spring.

“We are starting the school and hoped to have it open by Sept. 30,” she said.  “We looked for a building and when the Freeport Market closed, we contacted [owner Gary Baker]. We talked to him several months ago and it took time to finish the transaction. I’m sad it’s not a store but excited that its something used for the community.”

The site is expected to house grades K-12 and so far Fisher said 25-30 children were signed under open enrollment. “We anticipate a lot more. The word is just getting out,” she said.

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