As the Erie School District continues to work on plans to right-size the district, the Boys and Girls Club of Erie is now hoping to open up charter school.
Tonight, the Erie School Board hosted a public hearing on the proposal for the Huxley Charter School.
The plans call to open a charter school for 300 high school students inside of the Boys & Girls Club on East Lake Road.
"We think it's a creative alternative to the existing schools," said Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Al Messina. "It would be based on things like mentorship, on a more individualized approach to education."
Currently, 1,800 children from the City of Erie attend a charter school or a cyber charter. According to Erie Schools Superintendent Jay Badams, that's causing a loss of $15 million in state funding for the Erie School District.
"Essentially, charter schools and regular public schools are funded by the same source of money," said Dr. Badams. "My concern about that, is it now takes an organization that has long been a partner of the district and puts it as an adversary, and so that's unfortunate."
School board members still have a lot to review, before taking a vote.
"Certainly, we want to protect the interest of the school district," said Erie School Board President John Harkins. "But the presenters deserve a fair consideration. I have to give them that. So, it would be improper to have an opinion at this point."
Another public hearing will be held in January.