Pinnacle School Protests Potential Closing

April 21, 2012 Updated Apr 21, 2012 at 7:24 PM EDT

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April 21, 2012 Updated Apr 21, 2012 at 7:24 PM EDT


BUFFALO (WKBW) Parents, teachers, and even students gathered on Saturday at Pinnacle Charter School in Buffalo to protest its potential closure, after the state decided the school did not meet criteria for charter renewal, and recommended it for closure.

The school's Board of Trustees spoke to parents and students this afternoon and called on the State Board of Regents to reconsider the closure recommendation and give the school another chance. School officials acknowledged that the school's state-mandated test scores did not meet all proficiency goals, but that within the past year test scores have improved, there is new leadership at the school, and many students would be limited in their options if the school closed its doors.

Dr. Fenice Boyd, Pinnacle's Chair of Board of Trustees, spoke to the crowd with emotion and urgency.

"To close this school would be unwarranted , unfair, and a travesty of justice for 560 children who are being educated here," she said.

School officials said they will pursue all legal alternatives as they push the state to reconsider and keep the charter school open.

Eyewitness News reached out to the New York State Board of Regents, but no one was available for comment.