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Charter school moving to former Children's Guardian Home

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City leaders will announce Wednesday morning that Irvington Preparatory Academy has agreed to occupy the former Children’s Guardian Home on the east side.

The charter high school is currently located at 6040 E. Pleasant Run Parkway South Drive near Arlington Avenue. Its space, in turn, will be taken by Irvington Community Middle School, now part of a K-8 school at 6705 E. Julian Ave. Irvington Community Elementary School will remain at that location serving students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

A media advisory release the city issued Tuesday said Mayor Greg Ballard will be joined by City-County Councilor Benjamin Hunter and representatives of the charter schools to announce the reuse of the children’s home, which closed in 2009. The home is located at 5751 E. University Ave., also near Arlington Avenue.

The release provided no other details, but the prep school already announced the move on its website. The school in May signed a 15-year lease for the building.

The move will delay the start of the charters’ school year from July 26 to Aug. 2, President and Founder Timothy P. Ehrgott said in a letter to parents posted on the site.

“This move is not being made just to get hold of a beautiful facility,” he said in the letter. “This expansion of our school will allow us to educate our students better.”

Irvington Community School was founded in 2001 as an elementary school. The high school opened in 2006, and it graduated its first senior class in 2010.

Founded in 1898, the children’s home closed in June 2009. Local property taxes had paid to operate the home until 2008, when the state took control of its finances as part of the state property-tax relief plan. But the county still assumed a large part of operating costs and couldn’t keep the 68-bed facility open.

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  • This school SUCKS
    Just like many unfit parents the staff at this school is clearly unfit. Low live dirty mouth future inmates have made a mess of the this community.
  • Disregard
    Disregard the above posting. I was looking at the initial posting on this story.
  • Where is the Children's Guardian Home
    I live in Irvington but I'm not familiar with the location of the guardian home. I know where the Preparatory Academy is located.

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  2. Boston.com has an article from 2010 where they talk about how Interactions moved to Massachusetts in the year prior. http://www.boston.com/business/technology/innoeco/2010/07/interactions_banks_63_million.html The article includes a link back to that Inside Indiana Business press release I linked to earlier, snarkily noting, "Guess this 2006 plan to create 200-plus new jobs in Indiana didn't exactly work out."

  3. I live on the east side and I have read all your comments. a local paper just did an article on Washington square mall with just as many comments and concerns. I am not sure if they are still around, but there was an east side coalition with good intentions to do good things on the east side. And there is a facebook post that called my eastside indy with many old members of the eastside who voice concerns about the east side of the city. We need to come together and not just complain and moan, but come up with actual concrete solutions, because what Dal said is very very true- the eastside could be a goldmine in the right hands. But if anyone is going damn, and change things, it is us eastside residents

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  5. The GOP at the Statehouse is more interested in PR to keep their majority, than using it to get anything good actually done. The State continues its downward spiral.

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