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The second time around, organizers won approval to open a new charter school in the fall of 2018 in Falcon School District 49.

The D-49 board unanimously agreed this week to authorize Liberty Tree Academy.

Organizers plan to build a school near Eastonville and Judge Orr roads in the Falcon area.

The school will open with kindergarten through eighth grades and add high school grades in subsequent years. At full capacity, the school is projected to serve 702 students.

An application for charter initially was submitted in 2016 but was withdrawn before a board vote, after members said organizers needed a more thorough application.

This go-around, board secretary Tammy Harold said members received "numerous emails of support" for the school, which played into her decision to approve the request.

D-49 administrators, a group of charter school experts and the district accountability and advisory committee, comprised of staff, parents and community members, also evaluated the application.

The Liberty Tree Academy founding board is affiliated with and supported by training from Hillsdale College and the Barney Charter School Initiative.

According to the charter application, Liberty Tree Academy will offer "a classical, content-rich education in the liberal arts and sciences, with instruction in the principles of moral character and civic virtue in an orderly, disciplined environment."

For more information, go to LTAeagles.org.

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