Before they could even vote on it, the Armstrong School Board last night rescinded a proposal to lease the vacant Elderton Junior-Senior High School to Adelphoi Village. District solicitor Lee Price announced the decision before a large crowd of concerned citizens who had turned out to voice their opposition to the deal, including Elderton Borough officials who were worried about police protection should Adelphoi move in. Price said there was not enough support for the proposal to bring it to a vote, but also said the school board does not consider Adelphoi Village a poor choice for alternative education.
Some of those who were there to protest the proposal represented Everlasting Elderton, the proposed charter school which would like to lease the old high school. They were upset that the school board has ignored their request for a letter of intent to lease the building. In order to apply for a charter school, a letter of intent for a location must be obtained, so they have gotten one for the Elderton Towne Hall, but they still prefer the former high school.
The Armstrong board must still approve or disapprove the charter school proposal. It has until March 12th to make its decision.