|For Immediate Release|
|Monday, November 16, 1998|
|Contact:||Jan O'Keefe Feldman|
Ten Charter School Finalists Are Announced
Malden - Massachusetts Education Commissioner David P. Driscoll announced today that one-third of the preliminary applications for new charter schools have cleared the first stage of review.
Nine Commonwealth charter school applicants and one Horace Mann school applicant have been selected to submit final applications.
Included in the next round for up to five new Commonwealth charters are four proposals from Boston, two from Lowell, one each from Springfield, Newburyport, and Nantucket. The Horace Mann finalist is a proposal from Springfield.
Thirty-one applications were received for Commonwealth charters, and four others applied for Horace Mann charters. The applications were evaluated by panels of teachers, school leaders, and Department of Education staff. Commissioner Driscoll reviewed the results of these evaluations and selected these ten finalists.
The ten applicants proceeding to the next round will submit a 50-page final application by December 11, 1998. The final phase of the review process will include a rigorous panel evaluation, public hearings, comment by school district superintendents, and applicant interviews. The Board of Education will vote on the award of charters in February, 1999.
Following is a list of the ten finalists:
|Charter School Finalists||School Location||Expected School Opening||1st Year Grade Levels||1st Year Enrollment||5th Year Grade Levels||5th Year Enrollment||Contact Person||Telephone|
|Boston Classical Charter School||Boston||1999||K-4||200||K-8||360||Jennifer Malonson||617-327-4979|
|Faraway Charter School||Nantucket||2000||K-3||80||K-7||160||Joan Ottinger||508-228-8710|
|Frederick Douglass Charter School of Boston||Boston||2000||5-6||120||5-9||300||Jacquelyn Walsh||617-425-1945|
|John F. Kennedy Charter School for Public Policy||Boston||2000||5-7||120||5-11||280||Brett Peiser||617-269-7557|
|Lowell Charter School||Lowell||1999||K-3||240||K-6||420||Carol Kierstead||603-422-8888|
|Lowell Community Charter School||Lowell||1999||K-5||600||K-12||1300||Diane Leary-Uong||978-970-0106|
|Media and Technology Charter School||Boston||1999||9-10||80||9-12||160||Michael Goldstein||718-783-3600|
|River Valley Charter School||Newburyport||1999||1-6||150||1-8||275||Leigh Snow||978-462-0423|
|Robert M. Hughes Charter School||Springfield||1999||K-5||120||K-8||160||Sabriyya Abdur-Rauf||413-787-2101|
|Springfield Horace Mann Charter School Essential Skills||Springfield||1999||9-10||300||9-12||600||Patricia Keenan||413-787-7085|