A proposed charter school for at-risk middle school students was told it can’t open in Charleston County.

The county school board agreed 5-3 last week not to approve the Village Charter School proposal. Board members Chris Collins, Michael Miller and Elizabeth Moffly voted against the majority, and board Vice Chairman Craig Ascue was not present.

School officials say the school’s proposed budget isn’t adequate to serve needy students.

Village Charter leaders said they’re moving forward with plans to open. They said the district missed its opportunity to deny the school that right. District officials disagree.

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