Members of the Odyssey Charter School Community,
I am extremely happy and excited to inform all of you that on Thursday, February 18th, Odyssey Charter School cleared the final hurdles in the purchase of the Barley Mill Plaza property. The long sought goal of a unified K-12 campus for our school was made possible through the issuance of almost $35 million in bonds working through the Delaware Department of Economic Development and institutional investment organizations.
As you all know well, this is an extremely exciting time for everyone associated with the school. We are thrilled to learn that the settlement process has been completed.
On behalf of the school’s administration, staff, students and everyone associated with Odyssey Charter School, I want to thank all of our Board members for their tireless work the past nine years to achieve this goal for the school. Many of our Board members have served since the founding of the school. This is a tremendous accomplishment on their part and the original visionaries who help created Odyssey.
We are now the proud owners of approximately 36 conveniently located acres and 8 buildings on the Barley Mill site that will become the new campus. In addition, this has also been a tribute to our families, students and staff who remained dedicated and committed to the school’s original vision through some very challenging times and supported the Board in getting to the finish line with this purchase. While many people played important roles in this process, the Facilities Committee of the Board, chaired by Mr. Dimitri Dandolos deserve a special recognition for their tireless efforts, along with all of the Board members, in successfully securing the property.
Additionally, Odyssey parents architect Mr. Tim Skibicki, and engineer Mr. Colm DeAscanis were instrumental in all the design work required for the regulatory processes. You have also read about our attorney, Mr. Larry Tarabicos and other attorneys with his firm who also continuously worked to assist with this process. There are many others, both within and outside of our community that helped bring this sale to a successful conclusion. I will be explaining more about all of them and the roles they played as we proceed from here. Please know they all worked incredibly hard to help make this process become a reality.
Again, you will be hearing more from us in the near future about our plans for the site and how it will impact you and your children in the coming years. This is truly cause for celebration within the Odyssey community.
Thank you all once again for your continuous support and encouragement with this project. We are all looking forward to an exciting future working together to build our new home.
Dr. Nick T. Manolakos
Odyssey Charter School