The Armstrong School Board will hold a required public hearing tonight to discuss the proposed Everlasting Elderton charter school.
Everlasting Elderton hopes to be operating for the school term to begin next fall. It would be a K-through-12 school, and its board of directors hopes to use the closed Elderton Jr.-Sr. High School as its location, but the Armstrong Board has not been willing so far for that to happen, so a letter of intent has been prepared for a second undisclosed site in Plumcreek Township. However, the group still hopes to convince the Armstrong board to use the shuttered high school, which closed this year.
Armstrong can only turn down the application for specific reasons, including local support and specific educational criteria, and must make its decision within 45 to 75 days after the hearing. Everlasting Elderton would have the right to appeal to the Education Department should the application be rejected.
State law mandates that students be provided with free transportation by their home school district for a charter school within ten miles of any district. In this case, that would include Armstrong, Apollo Ridge, Indiana Area, and Marion Center.
Tonight’s meeting is at 6:30 at the Lenape Elementary School in Ford City. Written comments may be submitted to the Armstrong board through January 10th.