Last night at their board meeting, Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) decided to close two elementary schools because of budgetary issues. International School at Bertha Vos and Interlochen Community School will close after the 2016 school year.
Old Mission Peninsula School, however, received a “stay of execution,” as noted on Facebook by Allison Bullard O’Keefe, an OMPS parent who helped to organize the Old Mission focus group to save the school.
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Because of an anonymous $800,000+ donation from an Old Mission resident, the board voted to delay a decision on whether or not to close OMPS. The next steps will be for the TCAPS board and superintendent Paul Soma to meet with the donor and determine if and how to move forward.
Here’s Allison’s note on Facebook:
We have a stay of execution. All in thanks to a group of highly dedicated, passionate, caring and downright awesome group of people who worked tirelessly the last 5 months to protect and save our community school.
We are forever grateful for the generosity of our donor and the MANY other community members who have stepped up even in the last week donating their talents, time and treasure. The school board is open to working with us and we will take the needs and wants of our Peninsula residents to the table while continuing to do what is best for our students.
We believe we can get this all solidified in the next 6 weeks. That is our goal. There is some more hard work ahead, but we are close. Now to take a minute to celebrate! ??????WAHOOOO!!!!!!!
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