SCHOOL WORRIES: Charter School Problems

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After facing organizational and administrative problems, now the Des Moines Charter School is also facing financial problems.  And that has some parents worried.

"There's no question the charter school is going to be very short of funding next year." says School Board Member Dick Murphy.  There's no question, the Des Moines Charter School is in trouble.  The district helps fund the school on a per-pupil basis--but a drop in enrollment means the school is about 100-thousand dollars short going into next school year. The school does have a not-for-profit foundation that helps raise money, but it's unclear whether that foundation can, or will make up the difference.

Esabel Goncolez sends one of her seven children to the school. She’s worried about what will happen if the school is forced to close down.  "For me I want the school be open," she says, "But change a little bit. More rules for kids and for students and for the same thing for grownups."

The school board plans to meet at the end of the month.  But time is running out.  Classes at the charter school end for the summer June 15th, and are supposed to resume a month later.