Group holds protest over proposed charter school

MILWAUKEE -- A group called "Women Committed to an Informed Community" is opposing a charter school that was scheduled to open this fall.

Andre Agassi, the tennis professional, is a managing partner of an investment group that purchased the Old Steel Processing Plant near Sherman and Mill Road. They want to turn it into the Northpoint Lighthouse Charter School.

The group suspects chemical contamination inside the building, and say it's a terrible location for a school, because it's a manufacturing district.

"There are a lot of issues as it concerns the health and safety and welfare for the children. In this case, we've got a power tower and transmission lines in the backyard of this facility," Marva Herndon said.

The group wants the Common Council to draft an ordinance that will not allow industrial buildings to be used for schools.