School officials offer temporary home for W. Phila. charter destroyed in fire

Posted: January 15, 2011

Officials from the Philadelphia School District and two charter school leaders announced Friday a new temporary home for a West Philadelphia charter school whose building was destroyed by fire Jan. 9.

Global Leadership Academy Charter School, which has been closed since the five-alarm blaze gutted its building at 5151 Warren St., will move next week to the former Turner Middle School at 5900 Baltimore Ave.

KIPP West Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School already is housed in part of the Turner building. Global Leadership will hold classes on the second floor for the rest of the academic year, officials said.

The district initially offered Global Leadership the use of the shuttered Peirce School at 2400 Christian St. in South Philadelphia. Naomi Johnson Booker, Global Leadership's chief executive officer, said a West Philadelphia site would be more convenient for parents.

Global Leadership has approximately 400 students from kindergarten through eighth grade.

In June, the charter celebrated a groundbreaking for an $11 million facility at 4601 Girard Ave. The school is scheduled to be completed for the start of the 2011-12 academic year.


Contact staff writer Martha Woodall at 215-854-2789 or martha.woodall@phillynews.com.

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