PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- There's a bump in the road for the new Baxter Academy charter school set to open to 140 new students in just a couple of weeks.
City of Portland building inspectors refused to give the school a certificate of occupancy based on a number of violations.
Baxter Academy for Technology and Science is leasing a two story historic building at 54 York Street. An inspection conducted Monday found a number of problems including several fire-safety requirements, such as installing smoke barriers and handrails.
"When this project started months ago, there have been inspections along the way. And this summer we've had inspections along the way to check out electrical systems, power systems... So this is all pretty routine. We're going to open on the appoint day. I'm sure we'll be granted an inspection," says Carl Stasio, Baxter Academy's Executive Director.
Stasio met with Jana Lapoint, Chair Maine Charter School Commission's Chair, on Thursday at the school for a standard preliminary evaluation.
"It looks as though baxter will come through with their completions the beginning of next week," says Lapoint. "So we're very encouraged that everything is just about in place and that they'll be set to go next week."
Under state rules, all new charter schools must have a certificate of occupancy 15 days before opening. Lapoint says the commission is not holding Baxter to that deadline. "If they don't meet that -- We put them far enough ahead so that there's time for them to get everything in place that they would need to so that they can open," says Lapoint.
A follow up inspection of the school has been scheduled for Tuesday.