October 28 — 9:35 am, 2014

Germantown residents discuss plan to turn GHS property into a community charter school

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More than 20 Germantown residents gathered Saturday at the Daniel E. Rumph II Recreation Center to learn more about the proposal to turn the now-empty Germantown High School site into a community charter school.

Julie Stapleton-Carroll, who would serve as Germantown Community Charter School principal should the idea gain Charter School Office approval, led the meeting.

Organizers plan to hold several more meetings to bolster neighborhood support as the Nov. 15 application deadline approaches.

"There has already been a huge groundswell of support for the project in the neighborhood," said Stapleton-Carroll. "We now have over 100 subscriptions to our email service and almost 1,000 signatures on a petition expressing support for the school’s application.

"The application process has done a lot not only to bring individuals together to help create the school, but also to bring the community together to affect change."

How this came to be

When the cigarette tax was approved as a school-funding source, the legislation included a provision that opened a window for new charter-school applications.

Applications filed by Nov. 15 would then face a 45-day waiting period, during which public hearings could be held.

The SRC, which is expected to receive more than 40 applications, must decide which to approve within 75 days of the waiting period’s onset.

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