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      Low enrollment closes charter school

      Board members say enrollment numbers were far short of the 120 students needed to keep Traverse City College Prep Academy financially sound.

      The doors are closing at a Grand Traverse County charter school.

      Board members say enrollment numbers were far short of the 120 students needed to keep Traverse City College Prep Academy financially sound.

      ??They've had a hard time getting the students in there; retaining them,?? said former school board member Heidi Scheppe.

      That's what led to the closing of the seven year-old academy.

      ??For being such a small school they had a parent leader group. They were all active; they were all involved; they were all trying their best to get the enrollment up.??

      Parents now have to decide where to send their students.

      ??I think some [students] may go back to home schooling; some may go back to the T-CAPS.??

      Students voiced their opinions by writing on the windows at the school.

      It's apparent this closing is affecting everyone.

      ??I know there's probably frustration and sadness and a lot of emotions,?? said school board member Tanya Montgomery.

      The halls are dark and the classrooms are empty but the friendships will last forever.

      ??We've had a lot of ups and downs but our community here is very close and our students are very accepting of each other?| we've just always had a close connection and I think that just being that way it's just like any family, you stick together."

      According to documents obtained by 7&4 News, the company that manages the school, The Leona Group, pumped in 3.1 million dollars from 2008 to 2013 to keep the school running.