Harpswell charter school names head

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HARPSWELL — A charter school scheduled to open in the fall has named its education consultant as the head of school.

Harpswell Coastal Academy spokesman Will McClaran on Friday said John D’Anieri will function as the school’s superintendent and principal, among other administrative roles.

D’Anieri helped compile HCA’s 468-page charter application, which was approved by the Maine Charter School Commission in early February. He previously helped the start-up of Poland Regional High School and Casco Bay High School in Portland.

Pending completion of its charter contract, HCA will open this fall with 30 sixth-grade students and 30 ninth-grade students. The school will eventually serve grades 6-12 with a projected 280 students by the 2017-2018 school year.