Hyde Leadership Public Charter School in DC to Hold Ribbon-Cutting, Grand Opening Ceremony for New Building

[Washington, DC – December 15, 2010] – Hyde Leadership Public Charter School (Hyde-DC) will hold a ribbon-cutting, grand opening ceremony at its new building on Friday, December 17, 2010 at 10:00 a.m.  The new Hyde-DC is located at 1800 Perry St., NE, Washington, DC 20018 in the old Taft Vocational Center, which has undergone an $18 million renovation.

More than 100 city officials, partner organizations, educational leaders and school staff, parents, students and alumni are expected to attend the ribbon-cutting.  DC’s Deputy Mayor of Education Victor Reinoso, The Honorable Harry Thomas, Jr., City Council Member for Ward 5, and Mr. S. Joseph Bruno, president of Building Hope, are among the dignitaries who will offer welcome remarks.  A reception and student-led tours of the school will follow the opening ceremony.

Hyde-DC is one of the oldest and largest charter schools in the District of Columbia, serving 750 students in Pre-K – 12.  It offers a college-preparatory curriculum, while emphasizing academic rigor, character development and family renewal. Located at 101 T St. NE for more than a decade, the school is moving to it new location over the winter break.  The newly-renovated school building is designed to enable Hyde-DC to reach its charter enrollment of 1,050 students in the coming years.

“When our staff and students return from winter break in January 2011, it will be to a state-of-the-art school building.  We’ll now have a learning environment that can fully support our efforts to provide a high quality education to students at every grade level,” said Dr. Jo Ann Cason, head of school.

The DC Government approved Hyde-DC application to acquire and renovate 1800 Perry St. NE in the fall of 2009.  Hyde-DC secured financing to renovate 171,000 of the building’s 194,000 square feet.  The new building is designed to enable Hyde-DC to reach its charter enrollment of 1,050 students in the coming years.

The building features fully-wired spacious classrooms, wet and dry science labs, a modern media center, Family Learning center, dance and pottery studios, a high school-sized gymnasium, athletic playing fields, an expansive auditorium and other amenities.

Hyde-DC raised $18 million from government and local funding sources to fund the necessary renovations and improvements to the building.  A major portion ($12.625 million) of the funding for leasehold improvements and related capital expenditures was provided by the District of Columbia’s first Qualified School Construction Bond, underwritten by EagleBank Corp.  Hyde-DC also received a $2 million loan from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) and a $2 million loan from and Building Hope. The remaining $2 million came from Hyde-DC equity.

Hyde-DC’s mission is to develop socially responsible leaders while transforming public education.  Unlike most other school programs, Hyde’s process is based on the premise that character development and family involvement are critical components of a student’s education.  Hyde-DC is part of a consortium of Hyde Schools, which includes boarding schools in New England and public charter schools in New York City, and New Haven, CT.