S. Buffalo Charter plans new school, location

July 21, 2011 Updated Jul 21, 2011 at 7:17 AM EDT

By Allissa Kline, Business First


S. Buffalo Charter plans new school, location

July 21, 2011 Updated Jul 21, 2011 at 7:17 AM EDT

One of the first charter schools to open in Buffalo is making plans to construct a new facility for its growing student population.

South Buffalo Charter School announced Wednesday that it has agreed to purchase 27 acres of vacant land at Mineral Springs Road and South Ogden Street in South Buffalo. The purchase price will not be determined until the deal is officially closed.

The 11-year-old school, which offers kindergarten through eighth grade to approximately 670 students, plans to relocate from its current address at 2219 S. Park Ave. to the new site by the start of the 2013-14 academic year. Officials hope to break ground this year, following a pre-development review of the site and selection of design and construction teams.

"We still have some hurdles to clear and a good deal of work ahead of us," James Neimeier, president of the South Buffalo Charter School Board of Trustees, said in a release. "But this is an exciting step for our entire school community."

The cost of the new school is unknown until a design team is chosen and the scope of the project is determined, a spokesperson said. But it will be a self-funded project because the charter school does not receive state funding or state reimbursements for construction projects.

The charter school will continue to own its current site, the former Buffalo Public School No. 29, as it examines its future needs, according to the spokesperson.

The school enrolled 620 students in 2006 and its population is growing. There is a waiting list of students for each of the nine grade levels, the spokesperson said.

South Buffalo Charter School was the second charter school to open in Buffalo. More than 90 percent of its students live within city limits, especially in the South Buffalo area, the school said.

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