CHERRY HILL, NJ (CBS) – A battle is brewing in Cherry Hill over state approval of a new charter school that one local education official insists they don’t need.

This time next year, Regis Academy Charter School should be up and running, serving some 250 kids kindergarten through 4th grade in four towns. Amir Khan is the founder and plans to emphasize a business curriculum along with the basics.

“Cherry Hill’s a great school system. We’re offering something that, in this case, Cherry Hill does not offer.”

Cherry Hill is appealing the state’s decision. School board president Seth Klukoff says they’d have to set aside almost $2-million to pay for the Regis alternative.

“The school district would face the very real possibility of eliminating programs, laying off teachers or raising class sizes.”

And besides, voters should have a say. A bill to allow that is pending in Trenton.

Reported by David Madden, KYW Newsradio 1060