Here's a small reason why Utica's proposed 9th Grade Academy is a bad idea: fuel costs.
The school district has city-wide bus routes to collect students for Proctor, and now will have to duplicate the same for the 9th Grade Academy in North Utica. Would it not be more efficient transportation-wise to keep 9th Grade with Proctor, or put it in the middle schools where existing routes may be used? What about the traffic impact to city streets?
Did anyone on the Board of Education think about this? Or were they just too busy latching on to the latest educational fad as an excuse to spend money?