Oklahoma City Public Schools has put a charter school on notice that it might be out of operation after this school year.
Marcus Garvey Leadership Charter School, 1537 NE 24, could lose its charter at the end of the fiscal year, which is June 30.
Last month, district officials sent a notice of intention to pull the charter, and Marcus Garvey officials notified the district last week that they plan to appeal.
The reason for revoking the charter is unclear. School district officials said Monday they would not provide a copy of the letter given to the school.
“Per the Oklahoma Open Records Law, we have a reasonable amount of time to respond to all open records requests,” district spokeswoman Tierney Tinnin said. “We continue to work with our legal counsel on responding to your request.”
Marcus Garvey Principal Kevin McPherson could not be reached for comment.
The next step will be a public hearing with the Oklahoma City School Board. The hearing has not been scheduled, Tinnin said.
Deputy Superintendent Sandra Park released a statement about the charter school.
“District administration always makes decisions with the best interest of every Oklahoma City Public School student in mind,” Park said. “Because this is a legal matter, additional information cannot be shared at this time.”
The school received poor marks from the state Education Department this year, including Fs in reading and math.
Also, in February, a Marcus Garvey Leadership Charter School teacher, Pascal Wayne Jones, 42, of Edmond, was charged with 25 counts related to alleged sexual contact with a student. A girl told police Jones molested her at the school.
Police also investigated whether school staffers failed to protect the girl after she said she attempted to speak with them while the alleged incidents were taking place.
Jones is due back in court next month.
Contributing: Tim Willert, Staff Writer