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Jefferson County charter school Eastern Panhandle Preparatory Academy has accrued sizable debt in year one, with its board of directors and day-to-day managing company Accel Schools disagreeing about the current outlook of the school.

The in-person, tuition-free, PreK-10 public charter school in Kearneysville has accrued $1.7 million in debt, according to academy Board of Directors Chair Anh Nyugen, who spoke during a virtual meeting of the West Virginia Professional Charter School Board Thursday morning.

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Josh Ewers is a reporter and can be reached at 304-348-1723 or email

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