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Lansing Academy in Jeopardy

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The Live Learn and Lead Charter Academy on the South Side of Lansing has some work to do before students can come back next year.

Bay Mills Community College Charter Schools will terminate its contract on June 30th, leaving the academy without an authorizer, which is required to keep the school running.

The academy didn't start school on time.

"They were to have a building permitted or an occupancy permit by August 31st and it didn't happen until October 4th," said Patrick Shannon, director at Bay Mills Community College.

The school also tested their students much later than the contract specified.

"And they're tested at the beginning of the school year and or the middle depending on what they want, so we not only see performance but growth," said Shannon.

The contract termination does not mean that the school will close. It has the option of shopping around for other authorizers that will oversee the school for the next year. But if they don't find one, they will have no choice but to close their doors.

"We're optimistic, cautiously optimism that this will get picked up by another authorizer and it will be business as usual," said Paula Cunningham, founder of Learn Live and Lead Academy.

She also adds that the school had little time to prepare for the students last fall, which is why they started late.

The academy says it is doing it can in order to have students return to them next fall.

"We're already in contact looking for other authorizers so that the school can stay open," said Cunningham.

Parents have been notified about the contract termination as students were given letters to take home.

 

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