The Princeton Council is planning to pass a resolution tonight at the 7 p.m. public meeting opposing the expansion of the Princeton Charter School.
In the past in the consolidated Princeton, Princeton Township and Princeton Borough, the governing body’s official position was to never take a position on school issues. When residents asked the council to pass a resolution a few years ago supporting the reuse of the old portion of the Valley Road School as a community center, school officials asked them to to interfere in school affairs, and they did not. But school officials opposed the community center proposal.
School officials are now urging the Princeton Council to get involved in the charter school issue. Mayor Liz Lempert is a founding member of Save Our Schools, and new Princeton Councilman Tim Quinn is a former school board president.
The Keep PPS Strong group that is opposing the charter school expansion is hoping to get more than 100 people to attend the meeting to urge the council to pass the resolution. Charter school opponents say the proposed addition of 76 students to the charter school will cost the Princeton Public Schools $1.18 million a year.