December 3, 2014
Dear MRCS Friends, Families and Staff:
As you may know, an article appeared yesterday in the Erie Times News regarding our North Campus.
Let me begin by affirming and reinforcing the most critical aspect of any public school:Montessori Regional Charter School will continue to offer the high quality elementary education that has resulted in the top School Performance Profile score among all elementary schools in our chartering districts and recognition as a top 5% performing elementary school in the state of Pennsylvania.
Having said that, I would like to address and clarify the issue related to the leasing agreement at MRCS North campus (606 Raspberry Street).MRCS North campus is in no imminent danger of losing its lease.
The school and St. Andrews parish have been in discussions regarding the leasing issues for a year. As in many landlord/tenant relationships, over the years there have been differing interpretations of the lease and we have worked hard at all levels to resolve issues amicably. For the most part we have been successful.
On one issue, the parish has sought more definition, specifically regarding the date that the lease expires. It is not a lease that was ever intended to go on forever, but only until we have completed an expansion project at the Sterrettania location. MRCS will continue to seek resolution with the parish to find a mutually agreeable end date to the lease. We are confident that either through preferred direct negotiation or, alternatively, through the courts, we will find a balanced and acceptable exit strategy that coincides with the completion of our expanded Sterrettania campus.The lease at the former St. Andrew’s school building has been a financially lucrative arrangement for the parish.
It is important to know that the local St. Andrew’s parish entered into the leasing agreement to financially support their local parish, which no longer operates a school in the building. MRCS has lived up to our financial obligations, even during the two years that we were unable to occupy the building when the Chartering district’s attorney blocked our expansion by filing frivolous lawsuits. In addition, MRCS has been a responsible and respectful steward of the building, investing thousands of dollars refreshing the building and ensuring that it is kept in good repair.
If you have any questions regarding this issue or others, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will continue to update you on our website at www.mrcserie.org.
Anthony J. Pirrello
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