New Community School working to keep its doors open

New Community School in Lafayette is fighting to keep its doors open and enrollment increased (WLFI).
New Community School in Lafayette is fighting to keep its doors open and enrollment increased (WLFI).

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — New Community School in Lafayette is fighting to keep its doors open. The school planned to close in less than 20 days. But after a meeting Monday night, the school now has extended time to stay open.

The school board held an emergency meeting Monday at 2 p.m. to discuss closing the school by Nov. 18.

The school’s charter, Ball State University, didn’t want to support the school any longer because of lack of enrollment.

During the meeting, the school’s largest creditor Keystone, negotiated a deal with Ball State University to keep it open until Dec. 31.

The school needs to enroll at least 100 more students to stay open, as well as raise more money. Parents and staff are now willing to take on that challenge.

“We are a dedicated group of parents,” said Jason King, parent and president of the Board of Directors. “This is a school of choice. I made a choice to come here and they’re really invested in the school.”

King said the plan is to try and negotiate with Ball State until the end of June, then find another charter to fund the school for next year.

The next school board meeting is scheduled for Nov. 15.