By AMY GAREIS   News-Herald Staff Writer

FREEPORT – Parents and prospective students caught a glimpse of the new Lakeland Academy Community School during a special open house on Sept. 14.

Students had an opportunity to meet the three new teachers and view the facility, which is located at the former Freeport Market at 101 Main St.  Construction was still under way but officials planned to have most of it wrapped up in time for classes to begin. Coordinator Jennifer Fisher said 27 students in grades K-12 were registered so far and she anticipated more to enroll. A community school requires a minimum of 25 pupils and the current registration yields 11 pupils participating in K-3 with 10 in grades 4-9 and another six in grades 10-12.

The site was awaiting inspection and any final details would be wrapped up as soon as possible. Community members planned to paint the site and artist Sarah Koch was adding a Raider, the school’s mascot, in homage to the Freeport High School Raider of yesteryear.

Parents who appeared received school supply lists and were introduced to teachers Marlo Lemmon, who will instruct grades K-3; Laverne Foster, who will oversee grades 4-9; and Bizzari, who will teach grades 10-12. They are all seasoned instructors with at least four to 35 years’ experience in education and eager to work with their students.

Read the entire story in the September 22, 2012 print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.