Springfield may have new charter school by 2017

The school would hold up to 630 students

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – There’s been a push to bring more charter schools to western Massachusetts, and we now know there might be one coming to Springfield.

Parents and community leaders learned about the school Tuesday night at the Springfield Public Library. The school would be called, “Libertas Academy Charter School” and many hope to see it open in 2017.

A formal application was just presented Tuesday night. The school would serve students in grades 6-12 throughout the Pioneer Valley.

Ruth Moorhouse of Springfield told 22News, “I tell parents every day, you have to look out for your children and do what’s best for your children so I think there is still a need for charter schools because they’re all different.”

The school would hold up to 630 students. The state will be reviewing the application over the next three months and will then make a decision.

Four other charter schools have been proposed throughout the state.

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