Public forum held for charter school
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NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- The Hudson Valley isn't home to a single charter school. However, backers of bringing such a school to the City of Newburgh say their idea continues to move forward.
Members of the board for the Hudson Scholars Charter School held a public forum Tuesday evening at Mount Saint Mary College. Although the crowd was light, board members say the meeting is a requirement of the SUNY charter school application process.
According to former mayor turned school board chairman Nick Valentine, the hope is to open the school in September of 2013.
"We have to find a building. We have to staff it. But you can't do any of that until you know you have a designation because there's no way to do any of those things without it," Valentine said.
Officials say after submitting the application later this month, they should know by the end of the summer if the state will approve a charter designation.