Urban Academy of Greater Pittsburgh charter school will be relocating from its current space at the former B’nai Israel Synogogue in East Liberty to a larger site in Larimer for next school year.

The Pittsburgh Public Schools board approved the charter amendment in a 5-4 vote Wednesday night. Board president Regina Holley and directors Cynthia Falls, Carolyn Klug and Sylvia Wilson voted against the measure.

The school is at capacity with enrollment of more than 200 students. The new building, located at 437 Turrett St. in Larimer, has a capacity of up to 350 students.

The vacant building formerly held a school operated by Abraxas Youth and Family Services.

“This new building will give our current student body more space to explore their core subjects in addition to a state of the art science center, music, drama and art,” Gail Edwards, CEO and principal of Urban Academy said in a prepared statement Wednesday night. “As the first chartered institution in this city, we look forward to working with PPS for many years to come, providing access to quality education for all students.”

The current building in East Liberty is up for sale by the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh.

The board also unanimously denied a charter amendment application for Pittsburgh Environmental Charter School.

This is the third time the school has submitted the application to expand by adding a K-8 school in East Liberty and a 9-12 school in the Lower Hill District.

Nikole Sheaffer, director of innovation for the charter school, said the expansion could bring in an estimated additional 1,000 students by 2022. She said the next step for the charter school is to “immediately” file an appeal before the state Charter Appeal Board.

The current building in East Liberty is up for sale by the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh.

 

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