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Millcreek School Board Rejects Bioscience School Application

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The proposed Biosciences Academy Charter School in Millcreek is officially a "no-go."

That's the word, tonight, coming from the Millcreek School Board.

According to Millcreek School District Solicitor Tim Sennett, there are 27 points that the charter school must follow.  But in the end, the academy came up short, missing 10 of those criteria.       

Initial plans called for the charter school to be set up inside of the former Steris Corp. on West 23rd Street.  But according to Sennett, it's not zoned properly.

According to Sennett,  the board also has safety concerns.   There are currently no sidewalks in front of the building.

If approved, the school would offer students 6th through 12th grade an education focused on biosciences.  But Sennett tells us, they failed to prove that criteria as well.

"If you really look at their curriculum...there's nothing in their grades six through eight, that's bioscience," said Sennett.  "In fact, the bioscience courses don't start until 11th grade, which would almost be outside this application, so we have serious concerns as to what they are trying to promote here."

Also tonight, the Millcreek School Board officially voted to keep Gus Anderson Football field at it's current location, which was a crucial aspect of the McDowell project.

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