Schenectady County

Charter school closes its doors

With tears and hugs, students exited the International Charter School of Schenectady for the last ti
International Charter School student Alan Tarver, 10, of Schenectady, is teary eyed as he waits for the bus to take him home on the last day of school Thursday.
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International Charter School student Alan Tarver, 10, of Schenectady, is teary eyed as he waits for the bus to take him home on the last day of school Thursday.

With tears and hugs, students exited the International Charter School of Schenectady for the last time this morning.

While nearly all students look forward to summer vacation, the last day of school was bittersweet for these students because it was the last day for this school ever.

“I feel like crying,” said 8-year-old third-grader Kayuska Soliveras.

She said she will miss the happiness, friendships and math.

In March, the SUNY Board of Trustees voted not to renew the school’s charter, citing poor academic performance. Some 50 or so students already transferred back to the Schenectady City School District schools, leaving the school with an enrollment of about 532.

Acting Director Shirley Reed said the staff is pleased because they were able to raise test scores on the state tests. However, in spite of that, school is still closing.

The charter school trustees are trying to find a buyer for the Draper School building. It has listed the property at $7.5 million.

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