PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Portland's first charter school, which is set to open in just three weeks, has failed a city building inspection needed for it's occupancy permit.
City building inspectors refused to grant the permit after discovering a number of violations at the Baxter Academy for Technology and Science on York Street. The violations stem from an inspection of the school which took place on Monday. The problems were found both outside and inside the building.
Baxter Academy is leasing the historic two story building on 54 York Street and has yet to meet the city's building code. The report found a number of violations, including providing a number of fire-safety requirements, such as smoke barriers. Other problems include providing handrails and displaying the building number on the outside of the building. Under state rules, all new charter schools must have a certificate of occupancy 15 days prior to opening.
The school is expecting more than 130 students for it's incoming class of 9th and 10th graders this fall. The school has a follow-up inspection scheduled for Tuesday.