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New Life Academy buys Duluth campus

DULUTH -- The first-ever startup school in Gwinnett County has announced the purchase of its Duluth campus facility, a 40,000-square-foot one-level building on River Green Parkway.

Between its new $2 million facility and the Norcross campus, New Life Academy of Excellence expects to provide education for as many as 1,000 students by the 2012-13 school year.

Currently, a kindergarten through seventh grade learning institution, officials also plan to add eighth grade to the school's curriculum in 2012-13.

Alphonsa Foward Jr., the school's founder, said adding the new campus was a good move.

"We have gained a business advantage by acquiring our building in Duluth because we no longer have to address property taxes in the future, being a nonprofit school," Foward said.

He said the charter school's 603 students will now be able to "funnel tax savings into other needed areas of (the school's) educational program."

According to its website, New Life Academy of Excellence was "conceived by a group of parents and community leaders who expressed an interest in assisting the Gwinnett County School Board by developing a world-class chartered educational program."

The school opened its doors in the 2006-07 school year, serving 200 students in grades K-3.

For more information, visit www.newlifeacademyga.com.