Saturday, January 24, 2009

City Lights Public Charter School to close

Due to a reduction in funding the special needs focused City Lights Public Charter School will be closing its doors in February. The school sent the following letter to parents explaining the situation:
January 23, 2009

Dear City Lights PCS Parents and Guardians,

City Lights Public Charter School wanted to notify you that the school has received notice from the DC government that the school’s funding is being reduced and that this reduction raised significant issues regarding the school’s budget and its ability to operate. Regrettably, the City Lights PCS Board of Trustees in consultation with me as the school’s Executive Director and Ron Holmes, our Chief Financial Officer, has determined that it is necessary for the school to cease operations and close. The school will remain open in order to transition our students. We anticipate that this transition will be completed no later than the end of February, with the goal of completing the transition over the next two weeks. City Lights PCS wants to assure you that our paramount concern is ensuring that the educational needs of our students continue to be met with minimal disruption.

The school has had various conversations with the DC government agencies that provide the school’s funding and oversight and is continuing its discussions with these agencies. We recognize the serious repercussions for our students and are making every effort to minimize disruption. We are actively exploring with the DC government what options may be available, including placement options for our students. We will update the City Lights PCS community on this process as it moves forward and if you have questions in the meantime regarding your child’s particular situation, you may contact the City Lights PCS administrative office at 202-832-4366. As I noted above, our students’ educational needs remain our paramount concern as we work through this difficult juncture.

Iris Lewis, M.Ed.
Executive Director

cc: City Light PCS Board of Trustees
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My God that's unfortunate. What a way for the city to further screw these students. As if special ed in high school isn't bad enough - just disrupt their education in the middle of the year?

Something about this REALLY stinks.