New Community School prepares for closure

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Time is running out for students and staff at New Community School in Lafayette.

“I’m devastated,” said parent and teacher Julie Stuckey. “My heart is broken for the students I teach, as well as my own kids.”

School board president Jason King said due to dwindling enrollment, Lafayette’s only brick-and-mortar charter school cannot afford to operate.

Now, they have no choice but to close before its charter sponsor, Ball State University, pulls the plug.

“It is very hard to give up on something you believe in and that you love,” Kind said. “But there comes a point where you realize that financially, you just can’t go on.”

The school board has to decide whether to try and stick it out for the rest of the semester or close Nov. 18.

“Personally, it’s very difficult and emotional and we would prefer to stay open,” said King. “The teachers seem to think that’s the best decision for the students to give them time to acclimate into a new school before the second semester starts.”

Stuckey said as a parent, she’d prefer to stay open until winter break but understands why it might be better to shut down earlier.

“I realize the challenges we face just running as a school right now, and that we have a lot of limitations, and we’re not able to function fully,” Stuckey said.

No matter the decision, she said it’s going to be a group effort to make sure the children succeed.

“It is going to create stress and it is going to create anxiety,” said Stuckey. “It is on the parents and the friends in the community to support these children and families as they transition.”

A public meeting to discuss the closure is set for Friday at 7 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria.

We will have the latest on the board’s decision Friday night on News 18 at 11.