The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


August 27, 2012

Public hearing for proposed New Berlin charter school set for Sept. 18

LEWISBURG — A public hearing for the proposed New Berlin Regional Charter School will take place Sept. 18 in Mifflinburg and will cover the three school districts to which the charter school board has sent applications.

Because Lewisburg, Mifflinburg and Selinsgrove school districts all have been approached for the regional school, state law lets the three hold the public hearing jointly, said Kathy Swope, president of the Lewisburg school board.

“It seems like that would be most helpful to people who are interested in attending and getting information,” Swope said. “It will be an opportunity for individuals to present to the boards the reasons why they think this should be passed.”

The charter school’s application was a discussion topic at Thursday’s meeting of the Lewisburg school board. Superintendent Mark DiRocco presented each board member with complete copy of the charter school application — nearly two inches thick, Swope said — which the district had received about two weeks ago.

Lewisburg and Mifflinburg school districts are on board for the meeting, Swope said. It was unknown at deadline time Friday if Selinsgrove also would take part. A time and exact location for the meeting are still pending.

Each school board,  however, must render its own decision on the charter school within 30 days of having the public hearing, Swope said.

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