DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - Spots are filling up very quickly at the Commodore Conyers College and Career Academy.
Also known as the 4C Academy, the school is set to open in the fall.
The school will serve students within Dougherty, Calhoun, Terrell and Baker counties.
The red bricks forming the 4C academy are coming together on the outside, but the inner building blocks, the students and teachers who will make up the school, are yet to be determined.
"We've been in a recruiting mode for the last two or three months and have had great success," said CEO Chris HHatcher.
atcher says 450 students from seven high schools have applied. That's on the edge of capacity for the school and students still have a couple of weeks to apply.
"If we have more demand than we have supply, we will conduct a lottery for each high school to determine how many students and which students get into the academy," said Hatcher.
Hatcher said school leaders have allotted space for a specific number of students from each high school. Those numbers vary depending on size.
"The bigger the high school the more slots they will have at the academy," explained Hatcher.
He says he's happy to see high interest from students and parents. He thinks the community will benefit in the long run.
"This is a different school. It's a school where the curriculum is based on the work force needs of our community."
As for teachers, Hatcher said they plan to hire 25 to 30. Like students, they've been receiving applications daily. Interviews for the positions will start next week.
It's no secret there are a lot of eyes on the success of the school. Hatcher said he has no doubt it will be a hit.
"We think we've got a good team and we certainly are doing everything we can to make this start without a hitch," said Hatcher.
So when will construction be through?
The first phase is just weeks away from being complete.
Once school wraps up for the year, construction will begin on what is now Southside Middle School.
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