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Charter hearing to include application for new elementary school

ALBANY, N.Y. (Sept. 10, 2014) -- The City School District of Albany will hold a public hearing Thursday, Sept. 18 to provide community members an opportunity to comment on five charter-school applications, including one proposal that would create a new 400-student charter elementary school in Albany.

 

If approved this winter by the SUNY Board of Trustees, the new KIPP elementary school could add as much as $5.6 million annually to the district’s yearly charter expenses, which will total nearly $35 million in the current school year. KIPP originally applied to open the new school for students in grades K-4 a year ago but withdrew the application in December.

 

The five charter schools applying to SUNY for renewals or expansion are:

  • Albany Leadership Charter High School for Girls. Located at 19 Hackett Blvd., Albany Leadership seeks a three-year short-term renewal (rather than a full five-year renewal) beginning August 1, 2015. According to the SUNY Charter Schools Institute, the school would serve 365 students in grades 9-12. This is Albany Leadership’s first request to renew its original charter.

  • Brighter Choice Charter Middle School for Boys. Located at 116 North Lake Ave., the school seeks an extension from January 12, 2015, to July 31, 2015, in order to complete the current school year. Thereafter, it seeks a three-year short-term renewal (rather than a full five-year renewal) of its charter. According to the SUNY Charter Schools Institute, the school would continue to serve approximately 232 students in grades 5-8. This is the school’s first request to renew its original charter.

  • Brighter Choice Charter Middle School for Girls. Located at 395 Elk St., the school seeks an extension from January 15, 2015, to July 31, 2015, in order to complete the current school year. Thereafter, it seeks a three-year short-term renewal (rather than a full five-year renewal) of its charter. According to the SUNY Charter Schools Institute, the school would continue to serve approximately 232 students in grades 5-8. This is the school’s first request to renew its original charter.

  • Henry Johnson Charter School. Located at 30 Watervliet Ave., the school seeks a five-year renewal of its charter commencing August 1, 2015. According to the SUNY Charter Schools Institute, the school would serve 375 students in grades K-4. Henry Johnson is in the final year of a short-term three-year renewal SUNY granted in 2012; the school had requested a full five-year renewal at that time.

  • KIPP Tech Valley Charter School. Located at 1 Dudley Heights off Northern Boulevard, the school seeks a five-year renewal of its charter commencing August 1, 2015. KIPP currently serves about 300 students in grades 5-8. According to the SUNY Charter Schools Institute, the school seeks to add 400 students in grades K-4 to serve up to 700 total students in grades K-8. The KIPP middle school is in the final year of a five-year renewal SUNY granted in 2010.

 

The public hearing will be held Sept. 18 at William S. Hackett Middle School from 6-7 p.m. Hackett is located at 45 Delaware Ave.

 

Any individual wishing to have comments submitted as part of the public hearing record must submit them in writing at the hearing. All comments will be submitted to the SUNY Charter Schools Institute for consideration. No comments, written or otherwise, will be considered or accepted after the hearing is closed. Speakers will be permitted three minutes for comments. Comments also can be submitted in writing to the board clerk in advance of the meeting, either in person or by regular mail at 1 Academy Park, Albany, NY 12207, or via e-mail at ccutting@albany.k12.ny.us. Submissions by regular mail must be postmarked no later than Sept. 18.

 

The SUNY Board of Trustees is expected to act on the applications in January or February.

 

There currently are nine publicly financed, privately operated charter schools in Albany. A total of 12 have been cited in the city since the first opened in 1999, but three of those schools have since closed due to poor academic and financial records.

 

With about 2,200 Albany students attending charter schools in the city currently, Albany has the highest concentration of charter schools in New York state and among the highest in the United States. There are nearly 9,000 students in the district’s 15 schools.

 

The mission of the City School District of Albany is to educate and prepare all students for college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our diverse community. The district serves nearly 9,000 students in 15 elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities for students, including four themed academies at Albany High School.

 

         
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