Central Ind. charter school will close at week's end

Officials: Not enough money to operate

COLUMBUS, Ind. - A central Indiana charter school will close at the end of the week after debating whether it could raise $250,000 by then.

Leaders of the International School of Columbus told students and parents Monday night that it faces unexpected costs at the school's planned new building, a decline in state funding because of an enrollment drop and poor fundraising results.

UPDATE at 6 p.m. Wednesday: School officials voted Wednesday afternoon to close the school on Friday.

The Republic reports (http://bit.ly/1a2vuZQ ) the school that opened in 2009 has 116 students in grades 7-12.

Students at the school are challenged to become independent, compassionate and creative, officials said.

School board president Rich Wagner says it made plans to move into a larger building because enrollment was projected to reach 170 students this year, but the school has about a third fewer students than they projected.

"I was thinking about it and I think the best term to describe how I feel would be evicted.  It's like I had a house, here in a nice family or whatever, and now me and my family have to go find a new home because we've been evicted," student Nathan Ward said.

Wagner says that without enrollment growth the chances of attracting grants and donations were extremely bleak.

The school board will meet Wednesday evening and will make a final decision shortly after on whether to shut down.

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