- Associated Press - Monday, August 17, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A public charter school has announced plans to build a new high school on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Officials say eStem Public Charter Schools will construct a building for grades 9 and 10 and lease a building for grades 11 and 12 on the university’s campus in Little Rock. The plan was approved Monday by a University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees committee but still needs state approval.

The open-enrollment charter school is tuition-free and operates on an enrollment lottery system. The school says it has a waiting list of more than 5,200 students and that expanding onto the UALR campus will allow it to increase the size of the high school population.

The new facilities are expected to open in July 2017.

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