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City, charter reach deal on St. Pius X

Success Academy Jamaica back on

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Posted: Thursday, May 1, 2014 10:30 am

The old St. Pius X school in Rosedale will be the site of the new Success Academy Jamaica this September under an agreement announced by the de Blasio administration this past weekend.

First Deputy Mayor Tony Shorris also announced two sites of Catholic schools in Manhattan will be leased for Success Academy charters, schools that were approved for co-location in existing schools by the Bloomberg Administration but initially halted by de Blasio.

The other schools are Annunciation on West 131st Street and Mother Cabrini High School on Fort Washington Avenue.

Success Academy Jamaica was initially slated for August Martin High School in South Jamaica, a move that was roundly criticized even by some charter school proponents for its proposal that would have placed elementary school children in a high school setting.

Shorris’ statement said the city will provide leasing and the necessary renovations to St. Pius and the other schools to ensure a high-quality learning opportunity for the students. All the new sites will fit the parameters set out in the original plans.

He also said the agreement, which includes charters in Harlem and downtown Manhattan, will settle legal actions related to the co-location issue with all three schools.

“It doesn’t matter whether a child attends a district school, a charter school or a parochial school — these are all our kids,” Shorris said in a press release.

“We pledged to parents we would have a safe, high-quality environment for these students, and this outcome delivers on that promise,” he said.

St. Pius X, located on 249th Street in Rosedale, closed in 2005 due to steadily declining enrollment.

A message left with Success Academy Charter Schools was not returned.

The press office of the Diocese of Brooklyn, which includes St. Pius X Parish, referred all questions on the matter to the Mayor’s Office.

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