Parents pack meeting after learning SASIC Charter School is closing

TEA sites multiple issues as reason for closing

SAN ANTONIO – It is back to school time, but instead of buying pencils and book bags parents with students who attend the San Antonio School for Inquiry and Creativity are left scrambling.

The move comes after the Texas Education Agency decided to close the school's doors for good.

At a meeting Wednesday night, parents finally learned by their children’s school had been closed.

"The school's been shut down and they just informed everybody that the school wasn't going to reopen," Patty Rendon said.

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At the same meeting TEA officials offered advice on what steps parents can take to get their students enrolled elsewhere and offered support for staff members -- who come beginning of the school year -- will be without a paycheck.

"That’s pretty sad,” staff member Dolores Calvo said. “We did know that we were being investigated, so the parents did know a little but, not clearly, nothing was really clear."

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SASIC’s closing seemed to be unavoidable, aside from food and safety violations, the TEA said the school is guilty of code violations and operating at several unapproved sites.

"What we do is we pay them based on attendance, ADA. If they've been going to an unapproved site and we've been paying them all year, then they need to pay us that money back," Ronald Rowell, director of the TEA, said.

Rowell said the school owes so much money, that when school pays them back it won’t have enough to operate.

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This also was not the first time the school has been forced to close.

Last August, the health department received a complaint that a girl's bathroom at SASIC High School had human waste everywhere because of remodeling and that meals were being served in a classroom.

In March, all campus locations were no longer allowed to operate and receive funding until "the agency determines the school is able to adequately safeguard the welfare of its students in compliance with Texas law."

With the start of school quickly approaching, however, much of the focus on the meeting was finding last minute options for kids to learn.

"It's just time consuming and last minute rushing, and trying to make sure the kids have the education they deserve, and not be rushed for it," Roxanne Sanchez said.


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