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Tuesday, June 18, 2024 at 8:26 PM

Oasis Academy Receives $4.3 Million William N. Pennington Foundation Grant

Oasis Academy Receives $4.3 Million William N. Pennington Foundation Grant
Oasis students pose for an unusual picture.

Author: Photo courtesy of OA.

Oasis Academy Charter School has received a $4.3 million dollar grant from the William N. Pennington Foundation, according to Oasis officials. The funds will assist in the building of a new facility to house Oasis Academy College Prep located off Venturacci Lane.

The name of William N. Pennington is well known in Nevada, as he was a gaming industry pioneer, a successful entrepreneur, and one of Nevada's leading philanthropists. The Pennington Foundation was the lead donor for the William N. Pennington Life Center and William N. Pennington Fallon Youth Club. Now, Oasis Academy is the recipient of the Pennington Foundation’s incredible generosity.

"Facilities funding is one of a charter school's greatest challenges", says Melissa Mackedon, Oasis Academy Chief Executive Officer. "If it were not for the generosity of the William N Pennington Foundation, Oasis Academy would not be able to complete a project of this size." Construction is set to begin immediately, and the facility is scheduled to be operational for the 2024-2025 school year. The public is welcome to attend the groundbreaking ceremony on September 18 at 10:30 a.m.

As a public charter school Oasis does not receive state or local funding for facilities. Building this high school is a step toward providing our students with the facilities they deserve,” said Mackedon. Oasis Academy College Prep reports that they have been a 5-star rated high school since the school’s inception in 2015 and they continue to have a 100% graduation rate. This addition will only help them to continue to provide a first-rate education to local students and Jump Start enrollees heading for college.