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Schenectady planners OK charter school


SCHENECTADY – After ironing out some safety concerns around student pickup and drop-off, a proposal to open a charter school in the downtown area recently won approval from city planners, and now must obtain a certificate of occupancy before it can open up next month.


Destine Preparatory Charter School is on track to open its doors and start welcoming kindergartners on Aug. 29, and first-graders the next day, according to Re'Shawn Rogers, the school's founding executive director.


He said Friday that the school, which will be leasing the third floor of 530 Franklin St., had eclipsed its enrollment goal of 120 students but was still taking applications.


"Depending on the number of applications we get, we may be able to enroll additional students, at the very worst case scenario we'll do a waitlist," he said, adding that it's not uncommon for students to not show up on the first day, at which point the school would start going down the waiting list. Rogers said that some students also drop out, which may open up a few spots.


Paperwork submitted to the Schenectady Development Office indicates Destine plans to renovate the third floor, about 11,000 square feet, to accommodate four elementary classrooms, administrative offices and a multi-purpose room.


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