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Emotional Meeting For New Leadership Charter School Students, Parents and Staff

New LeadershipSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Several hundred disappointed parents, students and teachers attended a meeting on the closing of the New Leadership Charter School.

Kids held signs that read “We love our school we’ve grown up here together” and “Don’t take our school away” while a concerned and at times angry crowd looked for answers.

Anita Tirkot was quick to speak her mind Wednesday night. She says the school has been great for her daughter Natalia.

“I was completely caught off guard. I don’t even know what to say. I don’t know what we would do if we didn’t have this school,” said Anita Tirkot, parent.

“This is like the best thing that ever happened to me. I made more friends than I did at any other school,” said Natalia Tirkot, student.

The charter school’s board pulled their application for a renewal after the Department of Education indicated they weren’t going to extend their license because of poor performance.

At Wednesday’s meeting parents asked administrators why they weren’t given more time to try and fight for their school.

Peter Daboul, chair of the board of trustees, says they tried everything they could to prevent the process from getting ugly.

“Again the board felt if it was plain we should make the decision ourselves so we would have a better control of the transition of the students.

The Springfield School Department will be working with families to help their students transition into the system for the next school year.

The New Leadership Charter School will close it’s doors for good at the end of the school year.

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