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A state advisory board has signed off on the opening of a trade-focused charter school in Union County. The State Board of Education will vote on whether or not to give final approval in January.

Apprentice Academy High School would open next fall, if given the ‘okay’ by State Board of Education members. Freshmen and sophomores attending the school would take core classes. Juniors and seniors would continue these courses, but also complete an apprenticeship in construction, services or information technology.

The school plans to partner with the local community college for both educational and equipment support. There are three charter schools already operating in Union County, but only one serves the high school grades.

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