On February 24, 1998, a team of educators presented plans for a South Boston Harbor Academy to be developed in the South Boston Seaport District. Parents, teachers and residents packed into the South Boston Community Health Center to hear the proposal. Brett Peiser, one of the key developers of the proposal, outlined a comprehensive plan for the initial phase and later milestones of development. The school is chartered to serve grades 5-12 in preparation for advanced college studies, focusing on math and science with an emphasis on marine biology, harbor and Boston history to complement its seaport campus. For the first two years, the school would serve grades 5-7.
The plan was developed with the assistance of Senator Stephen F. Lynch and includes among its proposed board members, Peter Blute (Massport), Vivien Li (Boston Harbor Association), Brian Miller (Finance Executive, Parent, Communtiy Leader) Raffaela Hanley (Attorney, Resident, Community Leader). Advisory members include R. Berkowitz (Legal Sea Foods, Inc.), James Connelly (Gillette Co.), Frank McCourt (McCourt Co.) and a number of other business and community leaders.
The SBHA proposal was selected by the Board of Education from an initial group of forty Charter school proposals. Massport has offered one of its facilities as a temporary site for the school while its final site on the waterfront is developed. An alternative location in South Boston is also being considered as a temporary location.
UPDATE: ON FEBRUARY 25, 1998, THE BOARD OF EDUCATION APPROVED THE SOUTH BOSTON HARBOR ACADEMY. CONGRATULATIONS TO SENATOR STEPHEN F. LYNCH AND THE PROJECT PROPONENTS.
For further information or to request an application for your child, call the SBHA at 227-8877.