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Drew Charter School will expand

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The Atlanta Public Schools Board voted unanimously to expand Drew Charter School.

The vote comes with the support of Superintendent Erroll Davis, who in the past, said he would not support the cause.

Davis' change of heart comes with the mission to help make sure the school properly serves the Village of East Lake. Davis said he wanted to continue on with the school's original purpose of breaking the cycle of poverty through education.

Dozens of supporters showed up wearing green T-shirts with "I Support Drew Academy" printed on the front.

Recent Drew Charter PreK-8 graduate Nadia Northern won't get to attend the future high school, but looks forward to members of her family doing so.

"I'm so excited because it's giving my brother and niece a better education. And they will be up there," said Northern.

The new high school is expected to cost $55 million to build.

The board also voted approve a new five-year charter, and to increase enrollment at the PreK-8 level by 400, going from 800 to 1,400 students.

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