A few weeks ago, I put up an article about Prestige Academy folding into EastSide Charter School’s mini-empire. I received this information from someone who has always been a very reliable source of information. This person earned their stripes. Since then, I have heard nothing on this. Not one peep. Today, at the Delaware State Board of Education meeting, the Charter School Office will give their monthly charter school update. According to this update, Prestige Academy will still close this year. At the beginning of October, I broke the news that Prestige’s Board of Directors wrote a letter to the Delaware Dept. of Education which stated they would not pursue the renewal of their charter and would close at the end of this school year.
So what happened? Got me! Many things could have happened: the original plan of the school closing (which looks reasonable at this point) will go through, my source got really bad information, or this merger with EastSide could still go through but they are holding their cards at this point in time. EastSide swooped in at the last-minute and probably saved Family Foundations Academy from closing down at the beginning of 2015. When it comes to Delaware charter schools and the Delaware DOE, you never know what deals are cooking behind closed doors. I welcome any confirmation on what could be going on here or if, indeed, my source got bad information. Like I said, this source is very reliable.