ESD Hosts Public Hearing for Proposed Charter School

By Danielle Woods

Published 12/18 2013 10:50PM

Updated 12/18 2013 11:21PM

December 18, 2013 - Wednesday evening, the Boys and Girls Club of Erie is got the chance to tell the Erie school district why it wants to create a new charter school in the city.

The club wants to start the Huxley School, right at the club's current location at 1515 East Lake Road.

The school would be a high school for about 300 students, 75 per grade.

Executive director of the club, Al Messina, says the school will be unique, offering mentorship and a creative education experience that students won't be able to get in the existing public schools.

During the meeting, solicitor Timothy Sennett said records suggest that the creation of this school would be expensive to the district: around $2.1 million.

However, Messina says it will cost the district about $1.4 million, roughly, for the first year.

Nonetheless, Messina says the district has funds allocated for charter schools.

But Erie superintendent Dr. Jay Badams says funds or no funds opening up another school when there are already 3500 empty seats in the high schools, is not a good idea.

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