NORTH SALT LAKE -- Students at Legacy Preparatory Academy in North Salt Lake will no longer be graduating from the charter school with their high school diploma because the decision has been made to discontinue grades 10 through 12 for the upcoming school year.
The school opened in 2006 with grades kindergarten through ninth, and eventually added the secondary grades in 2009. This year the board called a financial committee, which ultimately made the decision for the cut.
"They determined that in order for us to be financially responsible, it was in the best interest of the school to return to the K-9 model," said Executive Director Elizabeth Hatch.
The school has grown so much in recent years, it was to the point of needing a new secondary campus to accommodate the upper grades. "It is portable city here now, literally to the point where we were trying to determine how to build a portable gym, and where they would go to the bathroom," Hatch said. "We just didn't have the space to grow into, and the board determined that we didn't have the funds to build the high school building."
Around 150 students at the charter school will be affected by the change, Hatch said, as they transfer back into the Davis School District.
"This is a devastating decision, but to make it the best we can for the students we have here, we've had to make some sacrifices," Hatch said. "We're truly dedicated to all of our students and families as we make next year the best possible."
The door hasn't been closed completely for the possibility of opening it back up in the future, Hatch said. "However, right now it's financially more responsible for us to be a kindergarten through ninth-grade school, and there is not enough information as to what will happen in the future."