DEMAND SPURS CHARTER SCHOOL TO ADD CAMPUS IN WEST GARY
Parent demand and long waiting lists for Gary-area charter schools have prompted Lighthouse Academies to seek a second campus on the city's west side.
Across Lake County, the waiting list has grown to 650 students seeking spaces in the public charter schools.
The West Gary Lighthouse Charter School would cater to Gary and Hammond families, if approved to open in fall 2006.
In August, Lighthouse opened its first regional site in Gary.
Originally designed for 260 students, it has enrolled 380, confirmed its sponsor, Ball State University.
Now, it has a waiting list surpassing 200, according to Lighthouse Academies Vice President Mark Colliton.
“There's been an incredible demand from parents in Gary. Families here are in such desperate need for high-quality options,” Colliton said.