TRUSTEES APPROVE PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL GRANTS, ADVANCE THREE SCHOOL APPLICATIONS FOR FURTHER REVIEW Carl C. Icahn Charter School Offers Public Education Alternative To Inner-City Children Contact: Charter Schools Institute, State University of New York 518-433-8277 For Immediate Release: Tuesday, December 18, 2001 The State University of New York Board o f Trustees today voted to approve state grants totaling over $1.4 million that will help 14 public charter schools in Bu ffalo, New York City, Rochester, Syracuse and on Long Island implement their academic programs. Also, the Trustees voted to advance for further review and consideration three applications for start -up charter schools. Those applications are: Brooklyn Excelsior Charter School, Bedfo rd-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn (Grades K-5, 240 students in year one; would open in September 2003) KIPP-Team Academy Charter School, Harlem (Grade 5, 90 students in year one; would open in August 2002) Steps to Excellence Charter School, Harlem (Grades 6-7, 120 students in year one; would open in September 2002) The grants were awarded by the Trustees at their meeting held at Hudson Valley Co mmunity College and made available through the State Stimu lus Fund program, which was proposed by Governor George E. Pataki and included in the New Yo rk Charter Schools Act of 1998. The grants provide funding for a wide range of start -up and implementation costs of public charter schools. They also can be used for capital improvements and as "seed" grants for applicants seeking to prepare proposals for new charter schools. The Trustees also approved a federal Public Charter School Program (PCSP) implementation grant of $199,470 to The New Covenant Charter School in A lbany. PCSP implementation grants may be used to inform the co mmunity about the public charter school, acquire the operating equipment, systems, and educational materials or supplies necessary for successful imp lementation of the proposed educational program, and the acquisition and/or development of curriculu m and other initial operating costs not met fro m State or local resources. "These grants will provide much-needed assistance to these new schools," said Charter Schools Institute President Robert J. Bellafiore. "The applications that are advancing all show great potential as schools that can increase learning opportunities for children, particu larly those in under-served urban areas." Charter schools are innovative public schools of choice created by parents, educators, civic leaders and other community leaders, open to all students and designed to imp rove learning. Operating under a five-year license, or charter, they are less inhibited by red tape and top-down educational bureaucracy. This allo ws them greater flexib ility in determin ing curriculu m, staffing, hours, budgeting and other features. In return for this flexibility, public charter schools must set measurable goals for student achievement or face closure. The three applications advancing for further review and inquiry will now have an opportunity to c larify items in their in itial proposals. Those items most frequently relate to academic programs, finances, school policies and governance. Each applicant will also be interviewed by Institute staff and University Trustees. Final action on each application will be taken at the Trustees' January meeting. Two applicat ions were not advanced. They are: Manhattan Charter School For Learn ing, Manhattan. Morris Park Academy Charter School, Bron x. The New York Virtual Charter School application was withdrawn by the applicant. The following are overviews of the State Stimu lus Fund grants and PCSP grant approved by the University Trustees at their December meet ing: NEW YORK CITY: AMBER CHA RTER SCHOOL 310 Leno x Ave., New York, NY 10027 School Contact: Jon Moscow (212)534-9667 Enro llment: 160 Students in grades K-2; expanding to 280 students in K-5. Type of Grant Awarded: SSF Start-Up Grant Grant A mount: $100,000 Summary of Grant: Renovation of interim facility, and construction of new school facility. BRONX PREPARATORY CHARTER SCHOOL 1508 Webster Ave., Bron x, NY 10457 School Contact: Kristin Kearns Jordan (718) 294-0841 Enro llment: 150 students in grades 5-7; expanding to 280 students in 5-10. Type of Grant Awarded: SSF Start-Up Grant Grant A mount: $100,000 Summary of Grant: An advance payment of Bron x Prep's first year lease in order to ensure the school's commit ment before commencing construction of a new facility. THE CARL C. ICAHN CHARTER SCHOOL 1525 Brook Avenue, Bron x, New York 10457 School Contact: Jeff Litt (718) 716-8105 Enro llment: 108 students in grades K-2; expanding to 180 students in K-4. Type of Grant Awarded: SSF Start-Up Grant Grant A mount: $150,730 Summary of Grant: Professional development; and, rental of the school facility. COMMUNITY PARTNERS HIP CHARTER SCHOOL 171 Clermont Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205 School Contact: Ellen Rice (718) 330-0480 Enro llment: 170 students in grades K-2; expanding to 350 in K-5. Type of Grant Awarded: SSF Start-Up Grant Grant A mount: $100,000 Summary of Grant: Renovation of the school facility. HARBOR SCIENCE AND ARTS CHARTER SCHOOL One East 104th Street, New Yo rk, NY 10029 School Contact: Robert Wallace (212) 427-2244 Enro llment: 156 students in grades 1-7; expanding to 198 students in K-8. Type of Grant Awarded: SSF Start-Up Grant Grant A mount: $100,000 Summary of Grant: Professional development; renovations to the current facility; and, construction of a new addition. OUR WORLD NEIGHBORHOOD CHARTER SCHOOL 21-12 30th Road, Astoria, NY 11105 School Contact: Michael Buonasora (212) 237-7421 Enro llment: 249 students in grades K-5; expanding to 675 students in K-8. Type of Grant Awarded: SSF Start-Up Grant Grant A mount: $100,000 Summary of Grant: Acquisition and renovation of the building to be used for the school facility. SIS ULU CHILDREN'S ACADEMY - HARLEM PUB LIC CHARTER SCHOOL 125 West 115th Street, New Yo rk, NY 10026 School Contact: Fred Birkett (212) 663-8216 Enro llment: 335 students in grades 1-4; expanding to 485 students in K-6. Type of Grant Awarded: SSF Start-Up Grant Grant A mount: $100,000 Summary of Grant: Construction of new school facility; and, school supplies and materials. B UFFALO: SOUTH BUFFA LO CHA RTER SCHOOL 2219 South Park Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14220 School Contact: Gregory P. Speran za (716) 826-7213 Enro llment: 432 students in grades K-5; expanding to 648 in K-8. Type of Grant Awarded: SSF Start-Up Grant Grant A mount: $50,000 Summary of Grant: Staff develop ment; instructional and library supplies; computer, electronic, and science equipment; and fire alarm and window b linds. STEPPING STONE ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL 909 East Ferry Street, Buffalo, NY 14211 School Contact: Rasheed Wyatt (716) 895-5766 Enro llment: 300 students in grades K-5; expanding to 700 students in K-8. Type of Grant Awarded: SSF Start-Up Grant Grant A mount: $100,000 Summary of Grant: Construction of new school facility ROCHES TER: CHARTER SCHOOL OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY 690 St. Paul Street, Rochester, NY 14605 School Contact: Kathleen Fuller (716) 454-0100 Enro llment: 1038 students in grades K-9; expanding to 1338 students in K-12. Type of Grant Awarded: SSF Start-Up Grant Grant A mount: $100,000 Summary of Grant: Office rental; and office supplies and operating expenses. ROCHES TER LEADERS HIP ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL 82 St. Paul Street, Rochester, NY 14604 School Contact: Frances Barr (716) 454-5000 Enro llment: 576 students in grades K-8; expanding to 648 students in K-8. Type of Grant Awarded: SSF Start-Up Grant Grant A mount: $100,000 Summary of Grant: Construction of new school facility. SYRACUS E: CENTRA L NEW YORK CHA RTER SCHOOL FOR MATH AND SCIENCE 610 E. Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 School Contact: William M iller (315) 472-5914 Enro llment: 600 students in grades K-7; expanding to 816 students in K-10. Type of Grant Awarded: SSF Start-Up Grant Grant A mount: $56,352 Summary of Grant: Classroom supplies and equipment. LONG ISLAND: CHILD DEVELOPM ENT CENTER OF THE HAMPTONS CHA RTER SCHOOL PO Bo x 404 175 Dan iels Ho le Road, Wainscott, NY 11975-0404 School Contact: Steven Berman (631) 537-6330 Enro llment: 36 students in grades K-4; expanding to 72 students. Type of Grant Awarded: SSF Start-Up Grant Grant A mount: $100,000 Summary of Grant: Renovations to 2 classrooms; leasing additional space; professional development; and, school supplies. ALBANY: NEW COVENA NT CHARTER SCHOOL 50 North Lark Street, A lbany, NY 12210-1518 School Contact: Eleanor Bartlett (518) 463-3912 Enro llment: 701 students in grades K-7; expanding to 900 students in K-8. Type of Grant Awarded: PCSP Imp lementation Grant Grant A mount: $199,470 Summary of Grant: Pu rchase and installation of security equip ment; and, purchase of computers. The Charter Schools Institute was created by the University Trustees to administer their responsibilities under the Charter Schools Act of 1998, including the review of applicat ions, assisting in the development of charter school accountability plans, and considering charters for renewal. The Institute's staff has become recognized as a national leader in the public charter school movement, p roviding extensive experience in charter schools and all aspects of public education, including curriculu m, school operations, accountability, fiscal oversight and program development.
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