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Monday, September 13, 2021

New K-8 charter school by On Top of The World developer celebrates construction milestone

A new K-8, tuition-free, public charter school that will open to all Marion County students next year, celebrated a construction milestone this past week.

The Ina A. Colen Academy reached its “topping out” point on Friday, September 10. The topping out of a building signifies that it has reached its maximum height.

Ausley Construction crews have put in over 62,000 hours of labor building the charter school, which is now halfway through construction.

The school plans to welcome students for the next school year beginning in August of 2022.

The academy is named in memory of Ina A. Colen. Kenneth Colen, Trustee of the Colen Family Charitable Trust, shared his remarks and appreciation towards Ausley Construction and everyone involved with the academy during the topping out ceremony.

“A reflection of my family’s values, the academy was founded in honor of my mother, Ina A. Colen, to carry on her legacy of creating passionate learners capable of making the best decisions for themselves and for the society in which they live” said Colen. The late Mrs. Colen was a social studies teacher who loved education and cared deeply about her students.

Members from the Colen Family Charitable Trust, Ina A. Colen Academy Governing Board, and Ausley Construction signed a steel beam to commemorate the event. The beam is placed in the outdoor assembly area with the signatures and special notes visible for future students to see.

For more information about the school, its services, or construction progress, visit the Ina A. Colen Academy website.