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CourierPostOnline: New Jersey approves KIPP school in Camden, pending deal with school district

CAMDEN — The state Department of Education approved a two-part application for the construction of the KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy, sources confirmed Monday.

However, the approval is contingent upon a signed contract with the Camden School District. The board of education is expected to vote on the agreement tonight.

If an agreement is reached, it would create the first privately run and publicly financed renaissance school in the state.

The school will be built in the Lanning Square section of the city.

State approval for the project was granted Friday in a letter sent out by Assistant Education Commissioner Evo Pop­off. The letter states that a contract between the Camden Board of Education and the KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy must be finalized and sent to the state Department of Education for approval by Monday.

KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy plans to open at the beginning of the 2014-15 school year.

The school will start with pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students, and more grade levels will be added each year. The school is expecting to have about 100 students per grade.

This article was originally published on March 18, 2013 on