The Capital Gazette 3/6/15 article:
A new school could relieve overcrowding in Annapolis-area elementary schools, if the company that wants to run it can find a spot in the city.
The Board of Education on Wednesday approved an amended contract for the charter school company, which was set to open a school in the next academic year in Glen Burnie. This would mean The Children’s Guild would operate three schools in the county.
In December, Superintendent George Arlotto announced they were working on a new deal for the company.
The Board of Education unanimously approved the agreement without much fanfare or discussion.
The schools will be contract charter schools, which means the student base is limited to a certain area. The Children’s Guild already operates the Laurel-based Monarch Global Academy, which is limited to children from Maryland City, Brock Bridge or Jessup elementaries.
The school intended for Annapolis would open by 2017, and instead of serving children from grades kindergarten to eighth grade, it would serve children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Enrollment would be a maximum of 805 students. Currently, the largest elementary school is Germantown Elementary, which has a state-rated capacity of 718 students and is just under 90,000 square feet.
The contract school would help relieve overcrowding in schools such as Tyler Heights, where whole grades are housed in portable units behind the school. According to 2014 state-rated capacity numbers, Hillsmere and Germantown elementaries are also overcrowded.