School board members at Stonegate Early College High School in Indianapolis addressed many angry parents’ concerns about the charter school closing at the end of this semester.
Many parents said they were upset because of the short notice of the school closing when the board knew in September that it would close. Board member Darwin May says did all they could to avoid closing the school.
“We had time, beginning in the summer, to work on enrollment and try to recruit and get as many people in here as we could, and there was still some time after school started,” he says. “In the meantime, we had been cutting expenses and we got down to just bare bones expenses here.”
Parent Valerie Redmon-Rhea says the transition into a new school will be tough for both of her children, especially her son who is a senior.
“Even though they said that they‘re going to work with them to get them caught to where they are, there‘s no way to catch up,” she says.
The board says the school will continue to work with parents and students to make the transition as smooth as possible.