Volusia County school leaders to vote on charter school's fate

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VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - More than 200 students may have to find a new school if Volusia County school leaders vote Tuesday to shut down their charter school in DeLand.

The school district could vote to shut down the Boston Avenue Charter School for poor student performance, but school officials and parents believe the children are getting a better education than at public schools, which is why they’re fighting to keep it open.

“Academically, I think the kids are doing pretty good considering the resources that are available to them, but as a mom, I'm going to be sad,” said parent Midell Marsh.

It’s been almost a year since the district first voted not to renew the charter, because the school has received two F grades and a D from the state in the last three years.

Micah Jackson, a spokesman with the school, told Channel 9 the scores based on the FCAT do no accurately reflect their students' progress.

“The county themselves will tell you that they don't like the FCAT test, so it's kind of contradicting analysis of it,” said Jackson.

Parent Chris Gingras said he likes his son's small classes, the teachers and even the parents involved with the school.

“This is my second child and we love the school,” said Gingras.  

The charter school has already appealed the school district's decision not to renew once. The issue went before a judge in an administrative hearing, and the judge upheld the decision.

If the school district votes to not renew its charter with Boston Avenue, it won't close right away.Officials said the school could get one more chance to appeal.