Parents Forced To Find New School For Children After It Was Shuttered By Sponsor


UPDATED: Thursday February 14, 2013 12:55 PM

More than 100 students must find a new school after their charter school was closed by its sponsor.

Parents arrived at the ScholARTS Preparatory and Career Center for Children to find the building closed.

The Columbus Dispatch reported that the school owes the state $740,000 in overpayments for students and for not paying employee retirement contributions.

Jessica Berry said her 6-year-old daughter, who is in first grade, attended the school since October.

"I just pulled up to the school, and they're telling me that it is closed," Berry said. "I didn't receive an email or phone call or anything. So, now I'm going to have to try to find her somewhere else to go. That's what I'm going to have to spend my Valentine's Day doing."

A sign on the front door said the school was closed "pending appeal" and that it was closed "per action of the state board of education on Feb. 12, 2013."

The Dispatch reported that ScholARTS was sponsored by Kids Count of Dayton. The organization ordered the school to find a new sponsor or to close.

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