SUNY approves Truxton charter school application

The former Hartnett Elementary School building in Truxton was chosen by local charter school organizers as the location for their planned "Truxton Academy Charter School" (Cortland Voice file photo)

CORTLAND, N.Y. — The State University of New York (SUNY) Charter Schools Institute has agreed to review an application from the Truxton Academy Charter School Board of Trustees, but as history has shown, this is the first in a long line of approvals needed to get a charter school up and running in New York State.

On July 17, the SUNY Charter Schools Institute agreed to review the group's proposal for a plan to create a charter school in the town of Truxton.

The proposed school would be located at the former Hartnett Elementary School building, at 6337 Academy St., Truxton, and include grades K-6. Organizers anticipate enrollment to begin at approximately 68 students in its first year, growing to 141 students by its fifth year, according to the application.

Last year, the group submitted its fifth application to the New York State Education Department, only to have it rejected. Still, organizers have shown no signs of slowing down their efforts.

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The Homer Central School District will conduct a public hearing on the proposal on Wed., Aug. 8, from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Homer High School Auditorium. Each attendee will have two minutes to speak for or against the project.

The SUNY Charter Schools Institute could approve the application by the end of August, though it will likely be put on hold until the SUNY committee convenes in October 2018. Information concerning that meeting will be posted here.

Letters of support for or opposition to the project can be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to:

SUNY Charter Schools Institute
SUNY Plaza
353 Broadway, Albany, N.Y. 12246