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Shining Stars Montessori Academy has reversed a decision to move to Glover Park this year, the Northwest Current reports. The public charter school, which earlier this month announced an imminent move from Columbia Heights to 2461 Wisconsin Ave., will instead sublease part of a school building in Northeast. Shining Stars’s hoped-for Glover Park location is a vacant corner building owned by the International Union of Operating Engineers.

According to Current reporter Brady Holt, “Shining Stars representatives said that [the move to Glover Park] fell through due to the union’s liability concerns,” but that the school still aims to lease the corner building later on. “The school is currently working with a prospective buyer of 2461 Wisconsin, who would in turn grant it a 10-year lease of the space,” Holt writes.

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Shining Stars Montessori Academy, a public charter school, has signed a 10-year lease on 2461 Wisconsin Ave., according to an emailed announcement from Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3B. The vacant building is the former home of the International Union of Operating Engineers, which is trying to sell the building.

The school, which is relocating from 1328 Florida Ave., currently serves children ages 3–7, the ANC’s email states. According to the school’s website, though, Shining Stars plans to eventually offer a full elementary program. ANC3B, the Glover Park Citizens’ Association, and the ANC from Massachusetts Avenue Heights will meet with school officials on Wednesday to learn about the school’s plans for drop-off and pick-up, teacher parking, use of the Guy Mason playground, and other relevant issues.

According to the ANC’s email, there will be a hearing about this relocation at the August 18 regularly scheduled meeting of the Public Charter School Board at 7:30 p.m. at the PCSB offices, 3333 14th St NW, Suite 210. Public comments can be submitted via public.comment@dcpcsb.org. The ANC also invites public comments to its email address, info@anc3b.org. “To the best of our knowledge, there is no approval needed by anyone for a charter school to relocate wherever it wishes,” the ANC’s email states, “but we would like to know your thoughts so we can try to resolve any issues before they arise.”

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