Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Widener Partnership Charter School Cutting Ribbon on New $4.6 Addition
Widener Partnership Charter School is the state’s first university-based charter. The 28,000-sq.-ft. addition includes a Science Learning Center, an extension of the library, a gymnasium, eight classrooms and eight offices.
During Thursday's ceremony, the school will also dedicate its new Science Learning Center to the PECO/Exelon Foundation. In April, the foundation announced a $1 grant to the school to fund science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education at the school.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony comes one week after the school learned that it had achieved adequate yearly progress on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment test, one of only two schools in the district to make the grade this year.
The Chester Upland School District has pointed to the charter schools that serve the district as a primary reason for the district’s budgetary woes in recent years. The school district reimburses charter schools on a per-student rate based on the calculated cost to education a student.