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2nd charter revocation hearing canceled as York City district, Thackston officials huddle

Junior Gonzalez and David Weissman
York Dispatch

Representatives from Helen Thackston Charter School and the York City School District reportedly met behind closed doors Friday, hours after the first of eight public charter revocation hearings was canceled. Monday's second scheduled hearing was called off as well.

Neither the district nor the charter school provided explanations for the cancellations.

Hearing officer Ellen Schurdak received a joint request from attorneys for the district and Thackston attorneys to cancel the first public hearing, which was scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 13, according to a notice posted Thursday on the York City School District website.

Officials at Thackston and the district were wary Friday when asked why the hearing was called off.

When asked about the cancellation, Thackston CEO Carlos Lopez said there was a meeting taking place Friday morning with the charter school's solicitor, Brian Leinhauser, and representatives from the district, but he wouldn't say what the meeting was about.

Helen Thackson Charter School solicitor Brian Leinhauser addresses the board during a rescheduled board meeting Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. Bill Kalina photo

He suggested reaching out to Leinhauser later in the day.

Reached earlier Friday morning, Leinhauser had said he was "not at liberty to discuss" why the hearing was canceled. A voicemail message left for Leinhauser later in the day was not returned.

York City school board president Margie Orr also told The York Dispatch she could not discuss why the meeting was canceled.

The district's revocation hearing attorney Allison Peterson did not return an email seeking an explanation. An automatic response indicated she would be out of the office for hearings Oct. 9-17.

The York City School District holds a special meeting regarding the future of Helen Thackston Charter School at the Administration Building in York City, Feb. 13, 2017. Dawn J. Sagert photo

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By Friday afternoon, the district announced on its website that the second hearing, scheduled for Monday, Oct. 16, was canceled.

The hearing is now set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, according to a notice on the school district's website.