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American Academy ‘tops off’ new building, prepares for fall opening of third campus

PARKER – Construction workers and the staff of American Academy gathered on Wednesday to celebrate a big milestone at the school’s newest campus in Parker.

Having caught Amanda Lane-Cline, the Executive Director of American Academy, in the excitement of the day, she was able to give us a few thoughts on this momentous occasion. “Today was our Topping Off Ceremony, the day when the last beam of the school is raised and bolted in. This means we are well on our way to opening our third campus in August.” 

While this is the third building American Academy has built, Lane-Cline says she, her staff and parents have been anxiously awaiting this day.

“There naturally was some apprehension as we were looking at a building that was not vertical until just a few weeks ago,” Lane-Cline said. “We were aware of some concern that the school would not be ready in the fall, however, we were confident in Haselden, the same builder for the last two schools, and their ability to turn the school over to us on time.”

While each construction project brings new challenges, Lane-Cline is confident that the Lincoln Meadows campus will fall into place nicely with regard to the school’s mission and vision. “We took what we have learned from the first two buildings, designed this building to our current needs, and will have a beautiful new structure that has much to offer. This will consist of expanded and advanced STEM areas, including a large middle school engineering lab.”

Overall, the school will be a replica of the other two American Academy programs.

“It is the same model in every way from the building to the curriculum to the culture,” Lane-Cline said. “We are thrilled to provide leadership opportunities to some of American Academy’s veterans, as we bring over experienced teachers and staff from the first two campuses.”

Lane-Cline is already looking forward to August 7, the day they should get the keys to the new facility and begin setting up the classrooms and offices.

“As we wrap up the school year at our other two campuses, our sights will also be set on finishing our third campus and the week we move into the new building,” Lane-Cline said. “It is always a scramble in the last few weeks, but we will be ready.”

VIEW: Facebook Album of American Academy's Topping of Ceremony

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