Charter schools will use vacant school

Two public charter schools will lease Shaed Elementary, a Northeast Washington school building that has been vacant for the past two years, Mayor Vincent C. Gray said Friday.

Shaed was closed in 2011 because of low enrollment. It will become the permanent home for the Inspired Teaching Demonstration Public Charter School, currently housed in an old commercial laundry building in Northwest Washington’s U Street neighborhood.

Lee Montessori, a new charter school scheduled to open in the fall, will use Shaed as a temporary location and eventually move elsewhere.

The two charters plan to open the Shaed building in time for the 2014-15 school year. They are in discussions with city agencies and nonprofit organizations about the possibility of allowing members of the public to use parts of the building for recreation and meetings.

— Emma Brown

Man found dead in Metro station ID’d

The man who was found dead Wednesday afternoon in the Judiciary Square Metro station has been identified as a 35-year-old Southeast Washington resident, D.C. police said.

Okiemute Whiteru was found dead abut 2:45 p.m. Officer Araz Alali, a police spokesman, said the cause of death has been ruled accidental blunt force trauma.

Dan Stessel, a Metro spokesman, said Whiteru apparently fell off a wall. It was unclear how long he was there before his body was found.

— Peter Hermann

Ex-teacher’s aide guilty in abuse case

A former Prince George’s County teacher’s aide pleaded guilty Friday to sexually abusing a Glenn Dale Elementary School student, officials said.

A judge in Upper Marlboro sentenced Jason Jamar Howard of Riverdale to 25 years in prison.

Because of his plea, all but 10 years of Howard’s sentence was suspended. Howard will have to register as a sex offender and report to a parole and probation officer for the rest of his life, authorities said.

Howard was arrested in April. School staff reported seeing him touching an 8-year-old student at school, according to the Prince George’s County state’s attorney’s office.

— Lynh Bui


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