Montessori Regional Charter School says they will continue their quest to buy Ridgefield Elementary – despite staunch opposition from the Millcreek Township School District board of directors and superintendent, Bill Hall.
Montessori again Thursady, criticizing the district’s refusal to sell the former school building on Highland Avenue.
One year ago, the district accepted Velocity Network’s $1.1 million offer for Ridgefield, but the business has yet to move in.
The CEO of Montessori disagrees with the district’s thought process, sayi ng the money the charter school would use to purchase Ridgefield, did not solely originate from Millcreek School District tuition. Therefore, the charter school argues, more input than just MTSD should be evaluated.
“That’s the 1980s view of the world, the model that they are using is a monopoly,” said Montessori CEO, Anthony Pirrello. “[They believe] they are the only public education entity in the community, they are not! We are a countywide organization so our money comes from the taxpayers.”
Pirrello says buying Ridgefield would save the charter school millions in construction, as well as help consolidate their programs at their various buildings.
Millcreek School District has repeatedly said, they will not sell to Montessori, an organization they consider to be competition.