Charter high school to close

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Morey Public School Academy is closing its high school program at the end of the school year, according to The (Mount Pleasant) Morning Sun.

School officials said the school could not offer a quality academic program with enrollment at just 63 students in ninth through twelfth grades, The Sun reported.

"For eight years, it has been a question of whether we can continue," school board member Megan Goodwin said, according to The Sun. She said the high school was designed for about 40 students per grade, but the lower enrollment meant significantly less state funding. Teachers had been reduced to halftime positions, according to the report.

The Sun described some parents and students as "devastated." Some parents said their students were not successful until they enrolled at Morey, which is a public charter school. The school will continue its prekindergarten through eighth-grade programs, which will feature a Montessori-style approach in the lower grades, The Sun reported.

The (Mount Pleasant) Morning Sun, "Morey to close high school," March 22, 2010

Michigan Education Report, "Charter students growing up," Nov. 14, 2007