The principal at Rainshadow Community Charter High School says the school will close this June due to funding issues.
In a letter to parents, Steven J. West says next year's projected shortfall will be about $200,000.
He says, "Five years ago, due to state cuts in per pupil funding, all full time staff here took a 5% cut in pay. Because things have not gotten any better, no one has had a raise since then. Each year our expenses have gone up, but our income has not. We have reached a point where we cannot keep our budget in the black and the state will not fund us without a stable budget. Realizing this, our board of directors has voted to close the school effective June 2013 unless we have the money to sustain our budget."
West goes on to say that the school is funded for this year, but wanted to let parents know now so they can start planning for the upcoming school year in case Rainshadow cannot reopen.
Here's a donation site for anyone who may want to help the school: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/rainshadow/stevewestsfundraisingpage