Charter school plans placement lottery

IRONDEQUOIT — The Discovery Charter School will hold its first lottery for placement next month — just weeks after the school’s board of directors named a director.

The lottery will be held at 6 p.m. April 1 at Bishop Kearney High School, 125 Kings Highway South, according to a press release. Students who receive free or reduced-price lunch will have preference for admission. More than 90 have applied for admission.

The newly created school will open in August for 120 students in grades kindergarten through second. The board plans to add a grade each year until the school reaches capacity at sixth grade with 280 students.

Earlier this month the board hired Joseph Saia of Webster as the school’s first director, according to information from David Vigren, one of the school’s founders. Saia previously worked at The Children’s School in Rochester and most recently served as an academic intervention services specialist and coach. He also taught at Genesee Community Charter School, which uses a similar expeditionary learning model that Discovery will incorporate in its classrooms.

For more information about the school, visit or call 585-342-4032.

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