It's official: Hesperia's next high school will be a performing arts charter high school.

With a unanimous 5-0 vote, the Hesperia Unified School District school board voted Monday night to approve Encore High School's application for a charter to operate in the HUSD.

There was no sea of red clothes this time, as there was at the last school board meeting, when the Encore proposal was presented to the board. Instead, only the founders of the new school attended and were available to answer questions.

There was only one: Where would the school be located when it opened in August 2008?

"That seems like a really short time," board member Helen Rogers said.

Encore administrators were looking at several locations within the HUSD's geographical limits, Encore head Denise Griffin said, but until the board gave their official approval, securing a lease would be difficult.

With the approval given, Griffin said after the meeting, they expected to have a location lined up soon.

Founders expect Encore High School to serve 600 students from grades seven through 12 in its first year, with a 25:1 initial student-to-teacher ratio and focus on the performing and visual arts.

The next HUSD school board meeting will be held November 5 at 6 p.m. in the Administration & Educational Support Center building at 15576 Main Street.

For more information about Encore High School, visit EncoreHighSchool.com.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.