State’s leading independent advocate for charter schools expresses sympathy, calls for action and assistance for KIPP West Atlanta Young Scholars Academy
ATLANTA (Dec. 12, 2010) – The following is a statement from Georgia Charter Schools Association Chief Executive Officer Tony Roberts, Ph.D., addressing the fire at KIPP West Atlanta Young Scholars Academy, Friday morning:
“We were shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic fire that has severely damaged the building that houses KIPP WAYS. We are thankful that no students, parents, faculty or staff were injured in the blaze and are confident KIPP WAYS’ committed leaders will guide their school family through these difficult times.
“The Georgia Charter Schools Association, as well as the entire charter community throughout Georgia, is dedicated to helping KIPP WAYS work through this terrible event. We urge everyone to join our efforts to make the daily experience of the more than 300 students at KIPP WAYS – along with the school’s faculty, staff and administrators – feel as normal as possible, as they cope with this most unfortunate occurrence.
“Already, The Kindezi School, a small charter school located in a section of the building that formerly housed Atlanta’s Turner Middle School, is welcoming the KIPP WAYS family into that building on Monday. It’s an example of the kindred connectedness of spirit that charter schools have for each other, and further bolsters our commitment to serve and support charter schools in Georgia.”
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