The Boys and Girls Club efforts to start a new charter school in Erie continue.
Tonight, the Erie School Board held a public hearing in Strong Vincent High School for the Huxley Charter School of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
According to Huxley Charter School Founder Al Messina, the plans are to create a high school inside of the Boys and Girls Club on East Lake Road. The goal is to have it open by next year and they want to eventually have around 300 students.
"In our school, they'll be able to pick an area of interest academically and they'll be able to pick a major within that," said Messina. "They'll be matched with a mentor for four years, a mentor/ teacher. There's nothing like that in Erie."
According to Messina, it will create opportunities that are currently unavailable for the students of this community.
"The public system is really a broken system that's not working, and we really need alternatives to it," said Messina. "We think we have a creative alternative for the kids to achieve that success."
The school board still has a lot to consider before taking a final vote.
"We have to be objective and keep an open mind through this process," said Erie School Board President John Harkins. "We haven't had a hearing until we will tonight. So, once that hearing takes place, then the board will consider and deliberate and render a decision."
The school board hopes to vote on this charter school by the end of March.