The Kestrel Heights board plans to appeal the State Board of Education’s decision to close its high school, said Mark Tracy, the charter school’s executive director.
The Kestrel Heights’ board voted Tuesday night to appeal the State Board of Education’s decision to close the high school for at least three years.
Kestrel Board President Brandon Paris couldn’t be reached for comment.
The Kestrel Heights appeal essentially asks that a State Board of Education review panel evaluate the decision.
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State Board of Education Chair Bill Cobey would have to approve the request, according to information provided the Department of Public Instruction states.
“The panel may review the matter with or without a formal hearing,” the information states.
If the panel holds a hearing, it would be within 30 days of the request. The review panel would then submit a written recommendation to the State Board of Education, which would make a final decision at its next regular meeting.
In the meantime, Tracy said he has reached out to other Durham charters as well as the public schools “to just discuss our reality and see what options are available to our students.”
State officials voted March 2 to close the high school following the discovery that about 160 of Kestrel’s 399 graduates since 2008 didn’t meet state high school standards.
Kestrel has about 1,031 students in K-12. If the high school closed, 328 students would have to find a new school, according to information provided by Kestrel.
Kestrel officials have linked the issues to two principals and a guidance counselor who are no longer there.
The state board’s decision followed a Charter Schools Advisory Board recommendation.