The fight to keep Apple Charter School on James Island open next school year has come to an end after school officials reached an agreement last week with the Charleston County School District to close the school.
The Charleston County School Board voted in February to close Apple Charter School over multiple issues including low enrollment, missed targeted academic achievement and financial problems. The school had been scheduled for a hearing on Friday before the school board to appeal the revocation of its charter, but the hearing was canceled after Apple Charter's Board of Directors agreed to close the school at the end of the school year, said Cindy Bohn Coats, school board chairwoman.
The school owed the district $81,634 in February when its charter was revoked. As of June 30, the school had a negative fund balance of $159,142.
Coats said staff at the public schools where Apple Charter students are zoned to attend will be reaching out to the students and their families to help facilitate their transition to those schools next school year. Around 70 students were enrolled at the school.