After years of fighting for a future, the fate of New Hope Academy Charter School was sealed Wednesday.
In a unanimous vote, the York City school's board of trustees followed through on a previously announced decision to close New Hope and liquidate its assets.
The school's last day in operation will be June 10.
In April, Commonwealth Court affirmed a state Charter School Appeal Board decision that upheld the York City School District's decision not to renew New Hope's charter.
New Hope officials decided not to appeal to the state Supreme Court, which could have refused to hear the case.
State law requires closing charter schools to "convert all assets to cash" and "dispose of any remaining liabilities and obligations," according to a statement from Deb Stock, a New Hope trustee.
New Hope will schedule a public auction of its assets and property in late June. The school will vacate the building by mid-July "and return occupancy to the owner of the building," Stock said.
The building at 459 W. King St. is owned by I. Anderson Real Estate, a company owned by Isiah Anderson.
Anderson is the school's founder, and he owns three companies with financial ties to New Hope.
New Hope is also planning to establish a reserve fund "in an amount estimated by the Board of Trustees to be necessary for the payment of estimated expenses, taxes and contingent liabilities, including the expenses of liquidation, dissolution and termination of the school's existence," according to the policy approved Wednesday.
After all debts are settled, New Hope will "distribute the remaining assets of the school on a proportional basis to the school districts with students enrolled in the school for the last full or partial academic school year."
This being the first time the board has closed a school, "We're going through this one step at a time," Stock said.
"But we do have an outline," she said.
New Hope's student enrollment remains about 700, Christopher Gibbs, New Hope's chief academic officer, said.
Those students — except graduating seniors — will have to attend different schools next year.
Officials at the York City School District, who have worked enthusiastically this year to earn the consideration of charter-school students and parents, are hoping a significant number of New Hope students enroll in the district. They are re-opening Hannah Penn, a former middle school, as a K-8 building in the fall, partially in anticipation of increased enrollment from New Hope students.
Superintendent Eric Holmes said parents are welcome to come to the district administration building, 31 N. Pershing Ave., during business hours to enroll their kids or request more information. There's also an opportunity to do that from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 31, at the high school, 101 W. College Ave.
There is no deadline for New Hope parents to choose the district, Holmes said.
"They can enroll at any time that they'd like," he said.
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