Community Education Building to open a year later than planned By Larry NagengastDecember 30, 2012
The Community Education Building, Bank of America’s gift to Delaware’s charter school movement, will not open until the 2014-15 school year, 12 months later than planned.
The delay will allow the building’s operators to “get it done right,” said Riccardo Stoeckicht, Community Education Building president.
Yea such a gift ! Tax write-off for Bank of America and a vehicle for furthering de facto segregation! One for the right guy, one for the white guy and same old for the little guy! Indoor playground and no sports facilities. I hope little Pete makes sure to post the asbestos and lead inspection reports.
But the delay was a major reason for two new charter schools, which had hoped to lease space in the building, to defer their planned openings from 2013 to 2014.”
No the two new charter schools didn’t pass mustard for federal seed money and their so-called management companies don’t work for free. I find it interesting that this information about the building for the two charter schools recently granted a charter modification by the Delaware Secretary of Education wasn’t communicated to the Delaware State Board of Education. The Markell puppet show continues.
“The focus for this project is to facilitate delivery of a world-class education,” Stoeckicht said. “And we’re not going to deliver world-class education, it’s the schools” which are chosen to lease space in the building.
So you’re just a non bias landlord?
He would not discuss the status of other applications, saying that making any statements could impact others’ perceptions of the schools’ plans, but organizers of the First State Montessori Academy and Academia Antonia Alonso indicated that finding a home in the Community Education Building was part of their plans
LOL ! Come on you know little Pete’s one eyebrow uncle (sort of) has dibs on some space!
In a posting on the school’s website, Oliver Yeh, board chairman at First State Montessori, wrote that the school had applied for space at the Community Education Building but the review process determined that it was “not a perfect match.” Yeh’s message indicated that the school will seek other sites in the Wilmington area and may reapply at the Community Education Building.
So the cat is out of the bag? First State Montessori plans don’t meet Longwood’s criteria for world-glass education? OR, is this all code for Montessori doesn’t need the management services of Innovate Schools? Yep! You gotta pay the corporate union dues if you want to play. I’d say the second part!
Kathy Laskowski, a board member at Academia Antonia Alonso, a dual-language immersion elementary school program developed with the support of the Latin American Community Center, said site selection and the delay in the Community Education Building’s opening were factors in the decision to defer the school’s opening for a year.
So why wasn’t this made clear by Sec of Ed Mark Murphy at the State Board of Education meeting? More proof Delaware State Board of Education are clueless and Markell puppets!
“The Community Education Building would be easy. It’s a great setup,” Laskowski said. But other options are also being explored, both downtown and on the Wilmington riverfront. The site must be convenient to Wilmington’s Hilltop neighborhood, from which the school expects to draw many of its students, she said.
Yo Adrian didn’t you hear the landlord? “The delay will allow the building’s operators to “get it done right,” said Riccardo Stoeckicht, Community Education Building president.” Great setup financial or politically? Because, physically it appears nothing setup. Will you put asbestos and lead inspection reports on your webpage once they are complete!
Two key reasons for delaying the building’s opening, Stoeckicht said, are a desire to have all the support services the schools will need in place when they begin holding classes and to avoid construction work in the building while school is in session. “This will be a win/win for everybody because it allows us to optimize our planning,” he said.
Yep Mr. Roper, all makes sense! So why the brain-fart now and not back when original opening dates were proposed? Damn! I keep forgetting, these schools didn’t qualify for federal charter start-up seed-money.
That infrastructure, Stoeckicht said, would include shared facilities such as a cafeteria, library, music and dance rooms and an indoor play area. Some sort of health clinic, possibly including dental services, is likely, as well as accommodations for after-school enrichment programs, he said.
Mr. Roper didn’t you say. “And we’re not going to deliver world-class education, it’s the schools” which are chosen to lease space in the building”? Is this code for Longwood and AI will provide the health services? “shared facilities such as a cafeteria, library, music and dance rooms and an indoor play area”. You mean to tell me it will take another year of ass-scratching to figure that one out. Was those shared services approved in the original charter school application of these schools. Don’t worry Big Pete will work it out with Card Carrying Capitalist Jack Markell in the Green Room!
Cristina Alvarez, founder of the proposed Delaware Design Lab High School, puts it bluntly: “We’re going for broke. That’s where we want to be.”
Excuse me lady but I only have a GED, pocketful of college credits and a copy of Rules for Radicals. “We’re going for broke”? Does thing mean your school is being model after Pencader? :)
Nash Childs, chairman of the board of directors of the proposed Delaware MET High School, said the building is ideal for his school. Its educational program will have students spending two days a week in internships and the downtown location is close to dozens of such opportunities.
APPENDIX C • Consider storage needs for hazardous chemicals when designing the school. Here is DE DOE’s review of MET’s application Do we want little kids in a building with high school chem labs? A multilevel building with stairways and elevators? DOWNTOWN???????????? Ok I am getting over cautious but let’s make this a concern for safety reasons! Let’s have a clear established “building policy and procedure in place” in-regards to all chemical agents, cleaning and educational related on file with DE DOE and posted online.
However, Childs said, the Delaware MET board is also looking at two other downtown sites and a third one on the riverfront.
Yea, put down by the river front! I like that idea!
Stoeckicht would not say that the building’s selection process is more rigorous than the one the state uses to approve charters. But he did say that “the big challenge is closing the urban achievement gap, and I can say we are totally in alignment with the Department of Education on that point.”