Saturday, April 20, 2013

Name Change for Chester High School

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
by any other name would smell as sweet," Shakespeare said it best perhaps. No, sometimes no amount of name change can change the stigma that comes with certain things. But there is nothing wrong with a valiant effort.

The last piece of news I heard was that Stetser and the Administration building was sold to Widener and that Widener will lease the buildings back to the Chester Upland School District to use. Chester High School students were rumored to move to Showalter and the Administration building to move to the high school along with STEM and a ninth grade academy. As Receiver Joseph Watkins refines his plans for the district, here is the latest to come out of a public meeting on Thursday. This information was not yet posted on cusdrecoveryplan but on delcotimes. 

Chester High School will be renamed the Chester Upland Education Center and house several programs for students: Pre-K classes, community child care, alternative education, early childhood development, all seventh and eighth grade classes, the ninth grade academy, and 10th through 12th grade classes.

The administration building will close and relocate its administrators to the high school.  

Chester Upland School of the Arts (CUSA) will close.

STEM High School program will move from the Smedley building to the Showalter building.

Stetser, Main Street, and Toby Farms elementary schools will remain open, operating as K-6 schools.

Columbus Elementary School closed in December will remain closed.

The schools will add art, music, and technology.

“We’ve got our work cut out for us,” Watkins said. “We’re going to make it work.”
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