Low enrollment closes charter school
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.
â??They've had a hard time getting the students in there; retaining them,â?? said former school board member Heidi Scheppe.
That's what led to the closing of the seven year-old academy.
â??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.â??
Parents now have to decide where to send their students.
â??I think some [students] may go back to home schooling; some may go back to the T-CAPS.â??
Students voiced their opinions by writing on the windows at the school.
It's apparent this closing is affecting everyone.
â??I know there's probably frustration and sadness and a lot of emotions,â?? said school board member Tanya Montgomery.
The halls are dark and the classrooms are empty but the friendships will last forever.
â??We've had a lot of ups and downs but our community here is very close and our students are very accepting of each otherâ?¦ 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.