Portland charter school passes inspection, to open Wednesday

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PORTLAND — Baxter Academy of Science and Technology passed it building inspection last week and was set to open Wednesday.

Portland’s first charter school failed its first two inspections because fire safety and electrical concerns. The issues were resolved in time for the Aug. 28 inspection, according to the city’s inspection report.

While they were pressed right up against the deadline, school officials remained confident the building would meet the requirements despite the two previous failures.

The third inspection gave the school a green light to obtain the occupancy permit needed to open on its scheduled first day with approximately 135 students.

Two other charter schools, Harpswell Coastal Academy and Fiddlehead School of Arts and Sciences in Gray, are also opening for the first time this week.

Maine is now home to five charter schools, attended by about 400 students.

Will Graff can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or wgraff@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @W_C_Graff.