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Detroit charter school is being evicted and shut down

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Students, parents and faculty of a K-8 Detroit charter school learned Tuesday that their school is being shut down.

Southwest Detroit Community Schools and the landlord of the building couldn’t reach a leasing agreement, meaning school administrators couldn’t cover the cost of the lease. So the landlord, Turner Impact Capital, decided to evict the school.

Robert Kimball, the Associate Vice President for Charter Schools with Grand Valley State University, which is the school’s charter authorizer, says the last day of school is June 18.

“Working with school leadership, we are ensuring that teaching and learning continues without interruption every school day until the end of the academic year,” Kimball said.

Kimball says GVSU will help all 347 students and all 18 teachers find a new school this fall.

“Their academic success remains Grand Valley’s top priority,” he said.

The school will officially close its doors after summer school ends in mid-August.

Representatives from Turner Impact Capital did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Bryce Huffman was Michigan Radio’s West Michigan Reporter and host of Same Same Different. He is currently a reporter for Bridge Detroit.
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