Focus on Education
12:45 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

High-demand charter school begins expansion project

A Buffalo elementary school with a lengthy waiting list will soon be able to accept more students.

Elmwood Village Charter School broke ground Wednesday on an expansion project that will add classrooms, resource rooms and space for the arts. The project will allow enrollment to increase by 125 students in grades K-8.

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

EVCS Director John Sheffield says the school's current waiting list has about 600 names.  

"We get one shot at educating children and parents recognize that. Parents recognize the urgency to find high-quality schools for their children and that's why more and more parents across the City of Buffalo are becoming informed and looking for high-performing schools for their children," Sheffield says.

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Sheffield says three new classrooms will be ready by the fall and the rest of the project will be completed in about a year.

The expansion will grow Elmwood Village Charter School from its current 325 students to 450.