Yonkers’ first charter high school put on hold

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The debate over whether Yonkers should get its first charter high school is now on hold.

The Board of Regents approved Charter School of Educational Excellence’s K-8 to stay open until 2023. It also approved the school’s request to add 60 seats, bumping enrollment next fall from 669 to 729 students.

The school, however, did not get permission to open a charter high school for 400 additional students.

Charter School of Educational Excellence Principal Cindy Lopez says they decided to put that request on hold.

"We wanted to focus on our renewal because that in itself was a very long process, a very tedious process,” says Lopez.

School officials say their plans to create a charter high school are not over. They already bought a church, and plans to convert it into a high school are in the works.

The high school does face opposition from Yonkers Public Schools.

"Yonkers Public Schools does not need another high school. We have eight high schools in our district," says Yonkers Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Edwin Quezada.

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