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Meanwhile, the school plows ahead toward an August opening. According to its website, it's hiring employees and is about to enroll students. Prospective parents remain hopeful at the prospect of an alternative.
"Parents are very excited about it and can't wait. It's excitement for what it can be," says Sharlene Benjamin, whose 14-year-old son attended Sanders' summer football camp. As for the reality show, she says it "should be interesting," and elaborates on exactly what reality will look like.
"It's all about your abilities as a child, and what you put your mind to doing. ... It has to be about school. Let's keep it what it is. Isn't that what Prime Prep Academy is — school? Yeah," she says, reassuring herself as she continues her hopeful future projection.
"Even if it's about the athletics, it'll still show you the academic side of that," Benjamin says, although she admits she can't be sure. Until Prime Prep opens, no one can be sure. "I really don't know," she says.