Underachieving Lester School in hands of faith-based overseer
Lester School is tucked in a neighborhood where the work of philanthropists and volunteers -- streets dotted with renovations, new playground equipment and community gardens -- suggest lots of people see hope in Binghamton.
Drew Sippel, executive director of the faith-based Cornerstone Preparatory School at Christ United Methodist Church (Memphis), recently buzzed through the area on his third trip to Lester in seven days.
When school starts in the fall, Sippel will be running grades K-3 at Lester as part of a state experiment to see if outsiders with fresh ideas, energy and track records in schools can move the needle at places like Lester.
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