|Syracuse Academy of Science another Catholic School conversion|
Syracuse, NY -- The former St. James parish school building in Syracuse’s Valley section will reopen next fall to accommodate the burgeoning Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School.
The Syracuse Academy will use the building to house its elementary grades, school Director Tolga Hayali said.
The parish sold the three-story building for $375,000 on May 10 to the Terra Science and Education Foundation, Pastor John Manno said. The parish elementary school, at 4837 S. Salina St., closed in 2006.
The nonprofit foundation will rent the space to the Syracuse Academy, Hayali said. The foundation was established recently to support a network of charter schools in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, he said.
Fehmi Damkaci, a Syracuse Academy board member and an assistant professor at the State University of New York at Oswego, is affiliated with the Terra foundation, which is based in Syracuse, Hayali said. The Syracuse Academy will pay the foundation roughly $20,000 a month in rent and related costs to use the St. James building, he said.
A charter school is a public school, funded with tax dollars, that operates independently of the local school district. The tax dollars are per-pupil state aid that would have gone to the local school district if the students had enrolled there. Instead, the money follows the student to the charter school.
The Syracuse Academy opened in 2003 and was founded by an academic from Syracuse University. It is located in the former Sacred Heart Church school at 1001 Park Ave. It began as a school for grades seven through 12, but in 2010 it received state permission to add elementary school grades. It added kindergarten, first and sixth grades this year at its original site.
Next year, all the elementary grades will move to the former St. James, and the school gradually will add grades each year until it is a full kindergarten through sixth-grade school in 2014.
Its projected elementary enrollment next school year is 216. Its current enrollment in grades seven through 12 is about 358 students, Hayali said.
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