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State officials approve Baden Academy Charter School

December 13, 2011

HARRISBURG, PA (Dec. 13, 2011) - The Charter Appeal Board of the state Department of Education today unanimously granted the appeal of Baden Academy Charter School, clearing the way for the creation of a high-quality educational opportunity at the site of the former Mount Gallitzin Academy in western Pennsylvania.

Baden Academy Charter School Planning Committee spokesman Stephen Catanzarite said he is gratified with the board's decision, primarily because it promises educational opportunities for students and families in the Ambridge Area School District and the surrounding region.

"Today's unanimous decision by the Pennsylvania Charter Appeal Board granting our appeal validates the educational vision of the Baden Academy Charter School, and we look forward to beginning the exciting and challenging work of implementing that vision in the year ahead," Catanzarite said.

Since beginning the charter application process in 2009, Catanzarite said the planning committee remained focused on developing a framework in which families could give their children a chance to cultivate their inherent talents in a highly interactive, hands-on environment that integrates the arts and sciences into outstanding curricula.

"We are grateful for the strong support we have received from the local community over the past two years," Catanzarite said, "especially from those families who desire a broader range of public education choices in Beaver County. We also hope to work in a collegial and positive manner with the Ambridge Area School District in the shared mission of providing the highest quality public education services possible to all children."

Ambridge Area School District denied the original application for a charter, but Baden Academy Charter School prevailed through the appeals process prescribed in Pennsylvania's Charter School Law, which was enacted in 1997.