BONITA SPRINGS-Fla.-Teachers, like Jennifer Cowles, will be unemployed if the Richard Milburn Academy shuts down. Cowles said, "The job market is very tight so it is going to be a very difficult situation for many teachers."
Student Yesenia Valero would have to transfer to another school. She said, "It is sad. Where is everyone going to go?"
The state director for the Academy said the school did not qualify for enough money from the state because of low enrollment. Now they're short a quarter of a million dollars. Principal, Rozalyne Wright said, "We are just hopeful. But we will work with the school district to get all of our students placed appropriately."
This would be the second Richard Milburn Academy in our area to shut down since August.
The Lee County School Board shut down the Fort Myers academy after discovering students received academic credits they didn't deserve.
At the Bonita Springs Academy, teachers are ready to close this chapter of their lives, but said it is sad it has to end like this. Cowles said, "When corporations get involved it becomes about the money and no longer about the scores of the kids, but about the money coming in from corporations and that is bothersome for me."