VIDEO: Newark Council rezones future school expansion site
Newark Charter School moves a step closer to its goal of adding a high school to its existing elementary and middle school.
Newark City Council approved a zoning change Monday night to allow for the conversion of a former manufacturing facility on Elkton Road.
Charter School Director Greg Meece says this will make an important option available to parents and students, who are seeking to extend the Charter School education beyond elementary and middle school.
"Our current program stops at eighth grade, and we have found from numerous studies and comments that the options available for our students after eighth grade are not in line with the quality that they've been accustomed to over the last four or five or eight, nine years in Newark Charter School," says Meece.
The vote on council was unanimous, although some citizens questioned the impact the new school facilities would have on traffic, city finances, and enrollment in other schools.
Students gain admission to Newark Charter School through a lottery.
Meece says the new high school should be open for the 2013-14 school year.
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