Charter School Closes, Parents Find Out When Dropping Off Kids


UPDATED: Monday October 21, 2013 5:50 PM

Some parents were caught off guard Monday morning when they dropped their children off at the Olympus School on the city’s west side.

The front door of the charter school had a note posted on the door which stated, “The Olympus School operation is suspended pending further notice. You will be notified by mail or personal contact if we can open.”

Parents told 10TV they did not know the school was in jeopardy of closing.

"I would have really appreciated a call that would have been nice,” said mother Lisa Pleasant.

Students arrived at school and were surprised they could not get into the front door. Some say they came from across town and took several COTA buses to get to school.

A few parents, and students, say they did get a phone call last night from a teacher who told them the school would be closed, but they should report to get options for other schools.
 
"They said they are going to give me a list of other charter schools, but I don't know where I am going to go from here,” said Shirley Buskirk.

Parents say they wanted their children in the Olympus school because of its promise of personalized education.

"By my child going to this school, he has more time to finish his work and to ask questions and not struggle,” said Buskirk. “By them closing this school, it is hurting a lot of kids to me."

Now, parents say they must hurry to find new schools.

“Just go down and enroll him in another school - that is my best bet,” said Lisa Pleasant “That's what I have to do."

The school is sponsored by Education Innovations International.

A phone message and email to the sponsor were not returned.

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