Threatening residents with a sizable tax increase, Niagara Falls schools superintendent Cynthia Bianco led the charge against plans for a new charter school on Tuesday.
Bianco was one of many to speak out against the proposed College and Careers Girls Prep High School during a public hearing.
The new school would be based inside the former Sacred Heart school building and is organizers are aiming for an August 2012 launch with plans to eventually house nearly 350 students there.
State trustees need to give their approval before the charter goes forward.
Public schools administrators have said the new charter school could take nearly $11 million from the district.