Monday, December 3, 2012
Residents are worried about congestion.
Traffic congestion, taxes and crime are a concern for some College Park residents with a possible 700-student charter school slated to move into the neighborhood, according to a Gazette story. The school is set to open in 2013 and would use the former College Park Elementary School building on Clavert Road. The school would service grades six through 12. There are still decisions to be made that could help with those opposed to the school, according to the Gazette story. He said there are still a number of decisions to be made that could cater to those who oppose the current proposal, such as deciding on the number of students and how traffic congestion could be mitigated. A version of the petition can be found online.
Monday, June 18, 2012
The Prince George's County School Board approved the plan for a middle school to open in fall 2013.
Prince George's County middle school students will have another option when it comes to their education, as the county's school board approved a plan Thursday to open a charter school in the fall of 2013. Three hundred students will be able to attend the College Park Academy Public Charter School, and experiement with learning in both an in-class and online environment, according to The Gazette. The academy will run in partnership with the University of Maryland and the city of College Park and will cost the school system about $2.4 million, The Gazette reported. Read more about the school board's decision on The Gazette.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
By putting forth an application for its own charter school, College Park could become a part of the growing trend.
If the Prince George's County School Board approves an application from the College Park City-University Partnership to establish a charter school in the city, College Park will become a step closer to joining a growing trend in the county. The Washington Post reported this week that Prince George's County encompasses the largest concentration of charter schools among Washington suburbs. About 2,500, or 2 percent, of county public school students attend seven charter schools in Prince George's County. Why the surge of independently run, publicly funded schools? The Post wrote that it's a sign of Superintendent William Hite Jr.’s efforts to expand education options. Charter schools are also in demand from parents, The Post wrote. The …
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Patch has a round up of agenda items on tap for tonight's Mayor and Council meeting.
There's a packed agenda for tonight's mayor and council meeting, which begins at 8:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 4500 Knox Road. Those attending the meeting can pick up a parking pass from the windows just inside the building. Below is a summary of several of the agenda items. The complete agenda is attached to this post. The council will vote on the approval of two non-competitive and four competitive public school grants that amount to a total of $18,500. Mayor Andrew Fellows will also propose a resolution to join with Prince George's County and other municipalities to join in joint negotiations for the renewal of the Comcast franchise. Council member Stephanie Stullich will bring forward a motion to express support …
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Calvert Road School, 4700 Berwyn House Road and 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant among possible homes for the proposed charter school.
Three possible locations have been identified for a proposed charter school in College Park. Frank Brewer, vice chairman of the College Park City-University Partnership, which is applying to establish the school, said he envisions it housed at the former Calvert Road School, the empty 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant on Paint Branch Parkway, or a structure at 4700 Berwyn House Road. However, the partnership does not have to provide a list of proposed locations on its application, which it will provide to the Prince George's County Board of Education at the end of February, Brewer said. The College Park Academy Public Charter School evolves from the mission to turn College Park into a top tier college city. Representatives from the …
Sunday, December 18, 2011
It's a roundup of local news for those who slept through last week.
Cafritz In Cafritz news this week, the developers behind the Whole Foods Market and mixed-use project for Riverdale Park agreed to a continuance, under pressure from the councils of area municipalities. As a result, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission postponed the hearing about the zoning change the developers request. The hearing is now tentatively scheduled for Jan. 12, 2012. While the Cafritz developers agreed to avoid a north connection to the development through Calvert Hills, the county's planning staff is recommending this idea be re-examined. One area blogger said it's worth a study, but others are concerned about the cut-through traffic it would create. What do you think? Schools The first step of …
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Public forum set to learn more about the College Park Academy Public Charter School.
College Park has gotten the ball rolling on a public charter school in the city by submitting preliminary plans to the Prince George’s County public school system. The college preparatory school is a product of a partnership between the city and the University of Maryland. Students at the school will be able to acquire up to 60 college credits before gradation and receive a personalized learning experience, according to the letter of intent. The school could open as early as 2013 for grades seven through nine, and it’s expected to grow from 150 students in the first year to 575 students and from seventh through twelfth grades by 2017. The exact location of the school is yet to be determined. The partnership will submit a formal proposal to…