A new charter school for the City of Reading?

Fontanez seeks support to open a S.T.E.A.M. charter school

READING, Pa. - The City of Reading could soon be home to the Doctor Theodore Villafana School of Scientific Discoveries Charter School.

At Monday night's City Council meeting, Sorangel Fontanez, a retired vice principal from Reading High School, asked for council's support in bringing the charter school to Reading.

The school is a S.T.E.A.M. charter school that would provide additional teaching resources in the areas of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics.

Fontanez is working as a volunteer to help bring the charter program to the city.

He and the charter school president, Wanda Marrero, hope that the program can help alleviate some of the issues with overpopulation in the Reading School District and provide students with the additional help they need in order to improve PSSA scores and overall scholastic achievement.

"It would not be a competition with Reading School District, but rather hand-in-hand assistance," Fontanez said.

The school would be located at 8th and Walnut streets and would initially serve students K-9, but would continue through grade 12 in the future.

Fontanez said she already has hundreds of parent signatures on a petition to bring the program to Reading.

She came to the City Council meeting Monday night seeking the support of the council on behalf of the community.

If the Reading School District permits the program to run, then classes could begin as early as October 1, 2014.

Fontanez and other representatives from the school will be hosting an event at Fine Fare Supermarket at 200 W. Buttonwood Street on August 16 and August 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to answer questions and take registrations.

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