MONEY WOES: Groups Trying To Keep School Open

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Wednesday night it was a meeting of the minds to save Des Moines’ only charter school.

Members of the Des Moines school board, Charter School advisory committee and the school’s fundraising foundation met in hopes of finding a way to keep the school open.

The school is facing a $100,000 shortfall next year.

The group went through the school’s budget, looking for areas to cut. Members looked at eliminating two teaching positions and money for supplies and computers.

School board member Dick Murphy says the group wants to find a way to keep the school running for two years. In that time they hope to fix the school’s image and attract more students.

But Murphy says that is easier said than done, “It’s going to be very difficult to continue on without being creative with our financing from the school district, without the advisory council changing its nature and the way it governs, and without the foundation committee to help us plug the gaps that are there.”

When asked if the school will be open next year Murphy said it will be a difficult task keeping the doors open.

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