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Against the wishes of the Union Gap Mayor, Stanton Academy may be expanding

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Yakima, WASH--Stanton Academy is one step closer to expanding. 

Union Gap officials held a public hearing this morning about the proposed expansion of the alternative high school.   Stanton is located in Union Gap, but it is part of the Yakima School District. 

They are looking to add eight classrooms, parking, and improved water and sewage systems.  The Yakima School District wants to expand in part because it is absorbing the students from Yakima School of the Arts.  Yakima School of the Arts, another alternative school, will be closing.  The alternative schools serve students who haven't been successful in a traditional school setting.  Student parents, students that have to work to support themselves or their families, and students with serious behavior issues are just some of the types of students that attend Stanton and the Yakima School of the Arts.

Everyone who spoke during the hearing was in favor of the expansion.  But there are those in Union Gap who are against it.  Mayor Jim Lemon says the school generates a lot of crime.  According to him, some students are gang members and police have to be on hand to secure the school.  Neighbors also expressed concern, but no one wanted to speak up in public.

Since no one opposed the Stanton expansion at today's public hearing, it will most likely go forward as planned.