Parents, their children and teachers - many of them crying - crowded inside the auditorium of Pinnacle Charter School Thursday night after learning their legal fight to keep the school open is now over.
"It's like the teachers are so great, I would just miss them," said Jeremiah Lewis, set to attend the 7th grade this fall at the school.
After granting several short term renewals, in April 2012 the New York State Board of Regents made the final decision not to renew Pinnacle's charter when it expired on June 30th, 2012 citing concerns that student performance wasn't meeting standards outlined by the National Association of Charter Schools.
Representatives from the New York State Department of Education (NYSED) attended Thursday night's meeting and stamped out any hope the tight-knit school campus was clinging to.
"However we feel and however you feel about the things that have been done, they cannot be undone. It's in the book. It's done...it's done," Jamal Young from NYSED sternly told the crowd.
First opened in 2003 Pinnacle Charter School is now a thing of the past.
In a one year special arrangement with the Buffalo Board of Education, Pinnacle's building will stay open, its current students can stay but the school will be annexed with one of Buffalo's failing schools. Administrators have not yet determined which school yet. The principal will be replaced and all the teachers will all have to reapply for their jobs. Laid off Buffalo Public school teachers get first priority for any math and english positions.
School is set to begin Monday, September 9th.