Nampa Classical Academy Appeals Charter Revocation

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Nampa Classical Academy is making what may be its final efforts to stay open for the 2010-2011 school year, appealing the Idaho State Board of Education’s decision to revoke its charter for “failure to demonstrate fiscal soundness” during the board's meeting in Pocatello today.

The board will hear from NCA officials and the Idaho Public Charter School Commission (represented by Idaho Deputy Attorney General Michael Gilmore) during the first day of its scheduled monthly meeting on the Idaho State University campus. The State Board of Education meets at different Idaho college campuses each month. The hearing may last up to four hours.

NCA officials have disputed claims they are in financial trouble, despite an independent report that stated NCA finished its first school year with a deficit of $140,000 and another anticipated deficit of $140,000 its next fiscal year. The academy, which became the second largest charter school in Idaho in its first year, endured a string of bad news last month. After losing its charter and state funding, the academy lost a potential $150,000 loan and employees were also paid four days late. The school's website still lists August 19 as the first day of school.