Waiting list long for new arts charter school in Nashua
The school held a lottery for enrollment Monday morning at Nashua Public Library, and 100 names were drawn from a pool of 227 children whose families signed up for kindergarten through grade four. According to the school’s co-founder, Karin Cevasco, who is now chairwoman of the board of trustees, parents have until May 1 to return enrollment packets, so some additional places may become available.
Although the state Dept. of Education has approved the school’s three-year enrollment and growth plan that calls for adding grades five and six in September 2015, and grades seven and eight in 2016, interest from families with middle school children has been strong, and the board is hoping to add more classes this fall.
The school will be located at 591 West Hollis St., the site of the former Dartmouth-Hitchcock Pediatric Center.
Although Dartmouth-Hitchcock was not interested in owning and leasing the building, a group of investors and supporters of Gate City Charter School were, and they purchased the property. The board is now working with architects and technical engineers on a list of renovations.
The board is also now in the process of searching for a school director and hiring classroom teachers and other support staff. Despite the three years of time and energy that went into launching the school and all the work that remains to be done before September, no one is complaining.