West Valley charter school abruptly closes doors amid financial woes
PHOENIX — A West Valley charter school abruptly closed its doors on Tuesday.
Officials with Discovery Creemos Academy in Goodyear announced in a statement posted to its website that it had suspended classes indefinitely, effective immediately.
The statement did not give one specific reason for the sudden closure, only saying the school had “exhausted all of its operational and financial resources in order to survive over the last couple of years and, tragically, we simply cannot keep up.
“While this was nearly an impossible decision to make, it is the right one,” it continued.
“Most of you are aware that school operations and finances have been troubled over the last few years. We have fought so hard for solutions but we seem to run into an endless barrage of adversities. It seems we fix one thing and another thing breaks.”
In addition to the financial woes, the letter stated that several staff members were subject to “hateful online threats” and that one school leader’s family was targeted at their home.
“These kinds of harassments and threats create a great deal of instability, fear, and uncertainty for the future. While we truly wish we could stand and fight another day, we simply cannot.”
The officials continued, praising the students and their families and saying they will be receiving withdraw forms and may “enroll your student at any of the wonderful public schools across Arizona.
“You are greatly loved and appreciated. Reaching this decision was painstaking and is one that will forever alter the lives of those who made it.”
According to FOX 10 Phoenix, about 100 students and about 50 teachers and staff have been left in jeopardy amid the news. The school, which was previously known as the Bradley Creemos Academy, reportedly gave teachers a note last week for parents that said school would be closed Friday and Monday.