Parents and school officials upset after DC charter school being forced to relocate
WASHINGTON (ABC7) —
Eagle Academy, a public charter school, has been teaching students in grades Pre-K through 3rd grade from it's building near Nationals Park since 2003. But now, the school is in jeopardy of losing it's building.
The owners of the building they've rented told the school that unless they have the $14 million to purchase the spot, they've unfortunately have to leave.
"We need to stay here because of our families. We service a lot of military families who live in the immediate area," said Joe Smith CEO of Eagle Academy.
When the school moved to the area, the buildings around the area all looked the same. In the years since Nationals Park went in down the street, things skyrocketed.
For parents, many who work in the area, this 155-student school is a gem.
"We chose this school for my daughter because it's so close to where I work in Navy Yard," said parent Aaron Lentner.
"We're disappointed. We want to stay here and no matter how you look at it, it is wrong to push families out," said Alex Cournol.
Eagle Academy, forced to compete on the commercial market, is being pushed to cheaper real estate across the Anacostia River. They're under construction at Naylor and R St, SE. As they see it, being gentrified out of their home.