Kipp Academy Faces Closure

April 22, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Wednesday school board members at Kipp Academy will vote on whether to keep the school open or close its doors in June. Kipp has come under scrutiny after allegations of abuse, the resignation of its former principal and the possible foreclosure on school property.

Kipp board members said they have a tough decision. Those who are on the fence are concerned if Kipp makes it out of its current financial mess, will it have enough money to keep doors from closing in the middle of next year.

Kipp administrators are hopeful they will get the votes they need to keep the school open saying Kipp Academy is in a better situation than it was at the last board meeting.

The charter must be approved by Fresno Unified School District. Vice Principal Robert Hawk said in the coming weeks, Kipp Academy will receive a $58,000 dollar state grant and is working to renegotiate the loan on the school building which is now in foreclosure status.

Kipp School Board President Steve Gile said he is unsure how he will vote until he hears financial information presented in Wednesday night's meeting.

Kipp is waiting on funds from a frozen state grant but Gile is concerned state budget cuts will still force the school to shut down.

Gile said the board doesn't have last minute information that will come from the state to make their decision. Which means they could postpone the vote until next board meeting.

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