Canaan Community Academy's new septic system is "nearing completion" according to the charter school's Chief Academic Officer, Deena Schafer.

When the Academy opened two years ago, the septic system was not up to code. Mike Moseng, who was at the time the school's chief operations officer, worked with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to dispose of waste. Schafer said the school had to pay to have it hauled off site.

The new system was paid for with a federal facilities grant.

The new septic system was one of several updates made to the school over the summer that the school board discussed during its first meeting of the new school year.

Those updates include the installation of nine smart boards in classrooms, wireless Internet on campus and new textbook instructional material.

Schafer said this year's enrollment is up from 92 students last year to 125 students this year.

"We've retained a lot of our students (from last year.) In some classrooms we retained 100 percent," Schafer said.

She added that most of the new students who are attending the charter school this year came through recommendations from families already using the school.

Canaan also added nine new staff members.

Parian Hull is the school's executive administrative assistant; Betty Sebree is the new school counselor; once a week, Holly Fory and Jay Roney will teach physical education; Laverne Kelley is the school's new librarian; Angie Hall teaches instructional support; Jessica Fennig is a staff trainer for primary literacy testing; and Michael Norris is the school's new third-grade teacher.