Pencader loses charter, will be closed

By Chris Carl 2:49pm, February 21, 2013 - Updated 5:45pm, February 21, 2013
The state is shutting down Pencader Charter School.

The state Board of Education voted unanimously on Thursday to revoke the New Castle school's charter at the end of the school year.

The school has struggled with academic, financial and administrative problems since opening in 2006 and has been on probation four times.

State Education Secretary Mark Murphy acknowledges the concerns of Pencader parents who now must find another school for their kids. Murphy says they will work with families to help them determine their best options for next year. A meeting for families is being planned.

House Education Committee Chair Rep. Darryl Scott says he's disappointed, but supports the board's decision that comes after six years and still no turn-around for the New Castle high school.

"They failed to meet those expectations on numerous occasions, and it ultimately became in the best interests of the students and parents of the school, as well as the taxpayers of Delaware, to revoke Pencader’s charter," says Scott.

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