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Downtown Charter High School Gets New Library Space

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Aired 8/3/11

A brand new charter school will call the downtown library home. The school was chosen over three other applicants.

The new central library under construction in downtown San Diego.

Above: The new central library under construction in downtown San Diego.

San Diego Unified School District Board members chose Downtown Charter High School to occupy two floors of the new downtown library. The library and school are scheduled to open in 2013. The proposed charter beat out three existing schools for the space.

Downtown Charter’s board of directors chairman, Mel Katz, is also leading efforts to raise private donations for the new library building. Katz said theirs is the only program built around the opportunities the library location provides.

“Our school was designed specifically for the library and downtown," he said. "We developed the concept after research and interviewing different parents, downtown education leaders, community and business leaders.”

Part of that design is a requirement for students to complete career exploration activities and internships with downtown businesses and non-profits.

Downtown Charter beat out Health Sciences High & Middle College, King Chavez Community High School and Einstein Charter Middle School.

Representatives from King Chavez told board members their demonstrated ability to attract students and perform well academically should have carried more weight in the decision process.

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dialyn | August 3, 2011 at 8:10 a.m. ― 3 years, 4 months ago

No surprise about that. This charter school was dummied up to get the school district to dump money in the Central Library project even though there were more needy projects in the school district and in order to create a school not needed in the downtown area in order to avoid earthquake standards a school that was needed would require. The whole thing is such a political manipulation for a white elephant project that one can hardly find anything good to say about it. Why San Diego is in financial trouble...bad construction projects for developers instead of doing what is actually needed for the community.

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