Aug 8, 2012 5:35 PM

La Paloma Academy opens south side campus, enrollment open

TUCSON - The superintendent of a local charter school group is being recognized nationally for her success, and this week, the group is opening a new school on Tucson's south side.

The idea for La Paloma Academny has its roots in 1999, when a 2-year-old in a wheelchair with a feeding tube entrolled in the private church school at Grace Chapel. They didn't have the facilities to meet the child's needs, so Raena Janes began a fundraising mission to open a tuition-free charter school.

Raena Janes and the successes of the La Paloma Academy charter schools were recently profiled in Family Circle Magazine.

By 2005, she had secured over $13 million by selling charter school bonds and raising individual donations, and in April 2005, she broke ground on the 7-acre, 27-classroom La Paloma Academy. The facility quickly filled to its 650-student capacity.

This week, Janes continues to expand her charter school group with the opening of La Paloma Academy South, located at 5660 S. 12th Avenue. The tuition-free, private school environment is accepting open enrollment through the end of this week.

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