BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The call went out to Buffalo parents on Sunday saying the state has ordered Pinnacle Charter School to close its doors for this school year.
School officials immediately fired back, saying they'll fight to stay open. Now it will likely be another couple days before more than 500 students, teachers and other staff learn where they will be going, come September 4.
Members of the charter school met for a few hours Monday afternoon to discuss the closing process. They drafted a number of questions to send to state officials, but are still waiting to hear back.
Lawyers for the charter school will be heading to State Supreme Court on Wednesday to file a lawsuit.
Attorney Lisa Coppola said, "Right now, Pinnacle does not have a charter and it does not have any legal protection. These children are subject to complete and utter uncertainty. No one has told parents where their children will be, or anything else about the first day of school, which is going to occur whether we like it or not, September 4 at Pinnacle or September 5 in the Buffalo Public Schools."
Pinnacle says the decision to close the school was made just days ago and did not give the school enough time to figure out what to do with students.
Buffalo Schools Superintendent Dr. Pamela Brown said in a statement, "Pending the outcome of ongoing efforts being made by Pinnacle Charter School, we will reach out to their leadership in order to determine a way in which we can be helpful in identifying placement for the coming school year for those students whose parents have an interest in enrolling them in our schools."
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