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Margie Orr will get another year as York City School Board president.

Orr, whose term expires next December, will get her second year in a row as president, with Michael Miller chosen as vice president.

Orr will get right to work, as the board has a charter hearing set for Monday.

Orr said Championship Academy has submitted a new application after the board turned them down last spring. The sports-themed academy was first proposed by Cynthia Dotson, a former Crispus Attucks YouthBuild Charter School administrator. Orr said Dotson is connected this time, as well.

The board took issue with Dotson's application last time, saying the budget wasn't complete and it didn't explain how the school would assess children.

Dotson had wanted a sports-themed school to help address fitness woes in children, and had also wanted to partner with West York School Board, although she withdrew her application at that district when York City fell through.

The hearing is set for part of Monday's committee meeting agenda.

As for the coming year, Orr said she's already "devoted a lot of time and energy" to the board and is prepared to do the same again.

"I'm proud of the progress we've made in K-8," Orr said of the past year's accomplishments. York City had switched to a K-8 model from a traditional elementary school model.

Orr also said there are things in the works for Hannah Penn Middle School, which was closed this fall along with Smith Middle School. Hannah Penn recently had its gym floor refinished, and Orr said there are some community-focused ideas in the works.

- Reach Andrew Shaw at ashaw@yorkdispatch.com.