|Published:||Aug 07, 2012 10:06 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 07, 2012 11:16 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fl. - Wednesday, is the first day of school in Lee County, and one charter school will not be open for class this year.
Tuesday night the school board decided to close the Richard Milburn Academy in Fort Myers but keep the Lehigh Acres charter school open.
This decision comes after an audit found Richard Milburn Academy and the Lee Alternative Charter High School allowed students to graduate without meeting the proper requirements.
But instead of leaving students with no place to go, leaders have some options already in place.
"We are going to be having school," says Art Sands.
Sands is the State Director for Richard Milburn Academy. He says while the Fort Myers location is closing, those students will have a place to get their education this year.
"We're talking about 100 kids, that's not going to be very difficult to do," he adds.
Sands says already they have staff working on smooth transitions for those students, whether that be into another charter school like the one in Lehigh Acres or Bonita Springs or something else.
"...whether it be a district school or whether it be adults ed, whatever is going to best for the student is what we're looking at," Sands adds.
While the Fort Myers location doors are voluntarily closing, the Lee Alternative Charter High School in Lehigh Acres will stay open. But it will be under the microscope. Superintendent Joseph Burke says come February, the board will decide if the school meets all the requirements to remian open.
"We enroll every day on the spot," says Principal, Sarah White.
White is the principal at the City of Palms Charter High School, another drop-out prevention program that is down the street from Richard Milburn Academy. At Tuesday night's meeting, she offered to help those students transition.
"We have capacity to enroll an additional 150 to 200 kids, we have flexible scheduling and we offer 3 sessions so the kids can come at different times so we wont have 500 kids at 1 time," she says.
Teachers will sit down with families to figure out where students can enroll. Those meetings are tomorrow at 9 am and 5:30 pm right at the Richard Milburn Academy.
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