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VIDEO: LISA Academy formally opens new high school

by Gavin Lesnick | October 25, 2011 at 12:30 p.m.
Gov. Mike Beebe visits with students at a science fair Tuesday after a ceremonial ribbon cutting at LISA Academy's new high school building.

— A public charter school in west Little Rock on Tuesday formally opened its new high school building.

LISA Academy opened the new facility earlier this year, but Tuesday's ribbon cutting featuring Gov. Mike Beebe, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola and others ceremonially marked its opening.

Gov. Mike Beebe met with LISA Academy students at a science fair after a ceremony marking the grand opening of their high school.

Beebe visits with LISA Academy students after ceremony

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"This is merely the beginning," said Beebe, who helped cut the ribbon and then visited with students at a science fair in the school gym. "The high standards reflected here should be rep across the state. The commitment of our parents and our support personnel to making sure these students are successful needs to be replicated in as many communities as possible."

The new addition to LISA Academy, which sits on Corporate Hill Drive near Markham Street and Interstate 430, adds three academic floors with two science labs, two computer labs, 17 classrooms, a media center and a gymnasium.

Superintendent Cuneyt Akdemir called it a "great investment" in the city and state.

"We are very proud of the new building and the opportunities this facility will provide for our new high school students," he told a crowd of teachers, students, parents and other supporters.

LISA Academy, which emphasizes math and science learning, was founded in 2004. Akdemir said 90 percent of its graduates over the last three years are enrolled in four-year colleges.

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