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First student signs for new Sandusky Schools gifted center

Alissa Widman Neese • May 14, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Sandusky Schools officials met with community members Tuesday to outline plans for The Regional Center for Advanced Academic Studies, the next step in the district's transformation plan.

The advanced academic center will be a full-time school for gifted students from Sandusky Schools and from surrounding districts. It will be located at the former Jackson Junior High School building, at Jackson and West Madison streets.

The school will open Aug. 26 and can accommodate several hundred students. It will be entirely state-funded.

More than 50 people packed into the Sandusky school board building lobby for the news conference, where the center's first student, Kalen Russell, 11, signed an enrollment form in front of the crowd.

"I'm excited to be around more people who understand me and what I'm about," Russell said. "I think it will be a good challenge."

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