July 5, 2018

Willimantic charter school to close

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
Path Academy in the Willimantic section of Windham has surrendered its charter.

A charter school in Willimantic is closing amid allegations it reported inconsistent student records, enrollment and allowed unapproved school policies, according to state officials.

Path Academy, located on Main Street in the Willimantic section of Windham, on Tuesday surrendered its charter to the State Board of Education (SBE) and state Department of Education (CSDE) after the boards voted in May to initiate a charter revocation process against the school.

State officials said they found evidence "indicating discrepancies in student records and enrollment, operating unauthorized satellite schools, and the implementation of unauthorized school policies."

The school, educating high school-aged students, or those not on pace to graduate on time, surrendered its charter before a SBE vote on whether to allow Path Academy to continue operating under new rules set by CSDE.

CSDE Commissioner Dianna Wentzell said her group will work to ensure Path Academy students are provided the "best possible options for an uninterrupted transition to continuing their education."

"We are committed to doing everything necessary to place these students in learning environments that meet their unique academic needs and position them to grow, thrive and succeed," Wentzell said.

CSDE says it will consider placement options involving the Windham school district and Path Academy's charter management organization Our Piece of the Pie.

The school employed about 15 people, according to its website.

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