Officials cut ribbon for North Chicago charter school
LEARN North Chicago Campus held a formal ribbon cutting ceremony on Oct. 2 to celebrate the opening of the school. The school began classes Sept. 4 on the site of the former Naval Hospital Corpsmen School at Naval Station Great Lakes (NSGL). Assembled to cut the ribbon were staffers representing both U.S. senators from Illinois; Navy officials; LEARN Charter Schools officials, teachers and students; and State of Illinois, Lake County, and City of North Chicago officials.
The facility became vacant in July 2011 with the move of the Corps School to the Medical Education and Training Campus at Fort Sam Houston, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas.
“For almost 100 years, this was a corpsman school,” said Capt. Randy Lynch, NSGL commanding officer. “Now it is a facility that will be an academic center of excellence for North Chicago.”
Lynch thanked everyone in the room for their efforts to make the school a reality, including NSGL School Liaison Officer Anne Kondziela. “The most important thing is that it was for the kids,” said Lynch.
The Navy offered the former Naval Hospital Corps School to District 187 as a potential site for a charter school with the intent to increase educational opportunities for all students in North Chicago, both military dependents and local residents.
The district and the Illinois State Board of Education accepted the offer for the building after the charter initiative was approved, and the Navy and the LEARN organization negotiated a lease that was inked in June.
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