Utopian Academy for the Arts in Riverdale overcame a slew of challenges, including last-minute fixes, prior to its August 14 opening.

School bell finally rings for Utopian Academy

After a long, hard battle, Utopian Academy for the Arts will open its doors this morning to about 200 students who’ve been kept from the classroom for more than week.

First period starts at 8 a.m., less than 24 hours after school officials spent a challenging day making last-minute fixes - installing emergency lights and exit signs - required by the city of Riverdale in order to open.

“I’m floored with emotion that everything we’ve worked for for the past three years is finally paying off,”the school’s executive director Artesius Miller said by phone as he pulled up to the school this morning. “The students of Utopian Academy can finally come home.”

School officials ended up having to take their case to court this week where a judge ordered Riverdale city officials to do the necessary inspections to allow the students to begin their school year at the startup charter school in Riverdale.

School officials will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. at the school.

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