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STEM+M Academy to host public meeting

SOUTH POINT — The first public informational meeting for a new school focused on science, technology, engineering and math is set for next week.

The Tri-State STEM+M Academy is set to open in August 2017, and at 7 p.m. Tuesday, parents of prospective students can find out more about educational opportunities by stopping by the event at the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, located at 216 Collins Avenue in South Point.

Jayshree Shah, who has worked as an administrator and educator in Lawrence County schools, will serve as director for the academy, which is projected to have a faculty of four to five members in its first year and can enroll up to 120 students. Alicia Spears will serve as lead teacher.

As a public school, the academy will be open to high school students from Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky. Ohio students can attend at no cost, while out-of-state students would pay tuition.

Additional meetings are set for Oct. 20, Nov. 15, Dec. 18 in 2016 and Jan. 12, Feb. 7, March 7 and March 28 in 2017. The deadline to apply to the school is April 2017.