May 27, 2022

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Olympus Sports plan sports academy for former St. James High School

CARNEYS POINT –  A former Catholic high school here is preparing to bounce back as a private school for basketball players.

Olympus Sports expects to occupy the long-vacant site of St. James High School in September, with about 80 students splitting time between the classroom and the basketball court.

The school would serve boys in grades 8 through 12, along with “post-grad” students participating in a gap-year program, Todd Beaman, Olympus Sports’ founder, told the township’s planning board Wednesday.

“Our main thing is to give them the tools they need to go to college” as students and basketball players, he said.

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“Every student in this school does take classes,” said Beaman, adding post-grad students could pursue studies at Salem Community College.

The youths also would participate in night basketball games, typically ending by 9 p.m.

Carneys Point's planning board has approved a proposal to operate a sports academy, initially for basketball players, at the former St. James High School.

The students, largely from outside South Jersey, would live in apartments with adult supervision, said Jamaul Edmonds, the school’s business development director.

Vans would shuttle the youths to and from school, where a cafeteria would offer lunch and dinner.

“It’s not like your traditional school … where everyone lives in the town and the families and the parents come out (for games),” he said.