Hoboken Charter School opens Tuesday

9/19/2010 Update:

NOTE: The School opening got delayed one more day – to Tuesday, September 21st.

9/18/2010 Update:

Amidst delays, Hoboken Charter School to open Monday 9/20

Real life “Musical Chairs” for students…

200 K-8 Students from the Hoboken Charter School are starting school year a couple weeks late this season because of delays getting into the old Academy of the Sacred Heart building at 713 Washington Street. Many of the younger students at the school (which was set up at Demarest High School previously) had to move because of other shuffling of students from Connors School while repairs are made there. The 70 older Charter students remaining at Demarest started school earlier this month.

School administrators blamed the delay on “fire and electrical inspections,” and will still be required to complete the state-mandated 180-day school year. Either less vacations or a delayed start to summer 2011 for these kids. Official schedule to be announced soon.

Asbestos was a problem this summer

Not for nothing – but were these “delays” really caused by inspections? Was the building department on vacation? Or was it the extensive asbestos removal that was contracted out to East Coast HazMat Removal, Inc. earlier this summer?

If I were sending my kids to this place – I’d secretly stash an asbestos testing kit in their bookbags – with a note “extra candy for you if you can properly test for toxins! It’s in your own best interest!”

More after the jump…

4/14/2010 Update:

Hoboken Charter School moves to 713 Washington

“The Hoboken Charter School announced today that it is moving its kindergarten through eighth-grade classes to the Academy of the Sacred Heart building at 713 Washington Street, beginning September 2010.

A two-year lease with an option to buy was signed April 9th with the property’s owner, The Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth.

“We are very pleased that we were able to secure a site for the school,” said Helen Cunning, president of the Hoboken Charter School’s board. “We are one of New Jersey’s oldest and most successful charter schools and have only modest renovation plans at this time,” she added. The school has received numerous awards and honors for teaching excellence since its inception in 1997, including a National Charter School of the Year award.

The Hoboken Charter School, kindergarten to 12th grade, is currently housed in the Demarest School building at 4th & Garden Streets. Relocation became necessary when the Hoboken District Board of Education’s facilities plan directed that students from the Thomas G. Connors School be transferred to Demarest while the Connors building begins a two-year renovation. The high school will remain at Demarest.

The Hoboken Charter School is well-known for incorporating a service-learning curriculum into a rigorous academic program, one that emphasizes personal growth and arts literacy. Last year, 100% of its seniors graduated and went to university or college.

Description – The Hoboken Charter School was conceived and developed by a group of Hoboken parents and professional educators.
Services – Pre Kindergarten-12
Website – www.hobokencs.org
Address – 713 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-3834
Telephone – 201-963-0222

ONE OF THE OLD LOCATIONS:
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13 Responses

  1. Cat says:

    This is a pleasant surprise.

  2. Cat says:

    Emphasis on the surprise. And once again, I discover that its not a good idea to post before coffee.

  3. justme says:

    Congratulations to the great teachers of the Hoboken Charter School!

  4. mooshu says:

    Congrats to HCS 8th graders on their graduation :).

  5. xyzpdq says:

    Nice to see Hoboken Charter School moving into this great old school building. I’m glad it didn’t get converted to condos. All Saints was looking for space. I wonder why they didn’t move here. It’s practically next door.

  6. lonnie1wsj says:

    Question:
    How does Corporate Realty fit in this situation ?
    They have an “Exclusive” Right to Sell….
    Their sign has been on the bldg for 2 yrs or so…
    Does anyone know ?

  7. mooshu says:

    Uh, I think that building still costs like a couple of million. That may be why All Saints didn’t move in there.

    It is refreshing to see this building put to use, though. It has great potential. So glad that Hoboken Charter will enjoy it.

  8. plywood says:

    Word has long had it that this building was not worth the asking price, and for a modern school was not “ready to go as is”. Why else would it languish empty on the market for years with basically all local schools having inadequate space issues?

    • mooshu says:

      Maybe there was a different plan for it that never worked out.

      In response to plywood who said:

      Word has long had it that this building was not worth the asking price, and for a modern school was not “ready to go as is”. Why else would it languish empty on the market for years with basically all local schools having inadequate space issues?

  9. freewheelin says:

    The city’s other charter school, Elysian, was going to move into this building but apparently there was an asbestos problem or some other structural issues so they decided it wasn’t worth the cost of fixing it up. I guess Hoboken Charter has deeper pockets or better connections.

    • krewedetat says:

      Hoboken Charter was desperate when the district evicted them from Demarest. As it turned out, the district acted prematurely and the move was unnecessary after Gov. Christie pulled the money for school renovations from Hoboken and the Connors students did not need to move out of their school. At that point it was too late for Hoboken Charter to change their plans. Elysian had more notice to vacate their space at OLG, and had fewer classrooms to relocate. Ironically, they ended up at Demarest after the Connors plan fell through.

      Hoboken Charter has gone through a very rough time during this transition and I wish them good luck in their new quarters. [quote comment=”190479″]The city’s other charter school, Elysian, was going to move into this building but apparently there was an asbestos problem or some other structural issues so they decided it wasn’t worth the cost of fixing it up. I guess Hoboken Charter has deeper pockets or better connections.[/quote]

  10. ShhhDontTell says:

    This will be a nice building for the Hoboken Charter School. Bus stop out front. Dunkin Donuts across the street. From what I remember, plenty of space inside.

  11. GroundPowder says:

    I spoke to the president of the Charter School and he stated to me that since the school dose not have a C of O school will NOT be open Monday. I recommend that Perry contact the school president and verify this information.

    The ownership of the property is owned ty the The Sisters of Charity. The sale or renting of the property is to help fund the care for the retired nuns. So the asking price is not as flexible. Corporate Realty are the brokers who represent the owners/nun interest in this matter.

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