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Lackawanna charter school eyes advisory council for parents

Administrators at Global Concepts Charter School, where some parents have been picketing, have invited parents to an informational meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday to discuss the creation of a parents advisory council.

The invitation dated March 27 was contained in a letter from school CEO Tracy McGee that was sent home with the students.

"It is my hope that we can establish a sound and meaningful parent voice throughout our organization," McGee stated in the letter. "I look forward to meeting with you and developing a plan for the next five years. As a valued shareholder in our school community, it is imperative that we invite and engage you in your child's educational future."

The invitation comes after the unexpected departure of popular elementary school principal David Ehrle, who was placed on a paid administrative leave on March 6, three days after teachers at the charter school on Ridge Road voted to unionize.

Ehrle's departure shocked many parents, and prompted some to picket outside the school to demand answers as to why Ehrle was let go. Ehrle is the most recent in a stream of departures by instructional and administrative staff that averaged two per month, according to minutes of the charter school's board meetings posted on its website.

The meeting about the parents advisory council will take place at the Ruben Santiago-Hudson Fine Arts Learning Center, 168 Roland Ave.


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