NH1 News Investigates Save Our Schools: Seacoast Charter School could close
KINGSTON - There could be a temporary reprieve for the state's longest running charter school.
The Seacoast Charter School is in danger of closing unless they raise hundreds of thousands of dollars.
But parents and students are still not giving up.
So far, they’ve raised a little more than half of the $350,000 to stay open - but that means there’s still a chance the school might close.
We recently visited the school when students were getting out for the day.
Storms were moving through the area and kids were getting all wet, but the mood for parents and their kids was anything but gloomy.
“We're hoping and praying that we're able to stay open,” said one parent.
Hundreds of family and their children still have no idea where they’ll wind up next school year after the school district decided not to renew the school's lease.
“We're really hopeful,” said one parent.
So how did this come about in the first place?
The school district saying the building has long-term fire and safety code issues while Seacoast leaders countered by saying they’d pay for it.
They were told no.
So many kids are just left to think the worst.
“I'd just be so sad,” said one student.
Another student adding, “I don't actually know. I don't want to go there.”
School officials have been searching for a new location since last year.
One location fell through.
Now there’s hope at a building in Stratham where the rent may be a whole lot more and parents and students still have to raise more than $100,000.
“We do have obstacles that pop up along the way,” says Peter Durso, the head of the school.
Durso says he's nearly 100 percent certain the school will stay together.
When asked how optimistic he is, Durso said, “We're extremely optimistic by September, our students will have a new home.”
And even all these months later, parents say they just can't even begin to think of what their kids would do with their school.
“We just couldn't imagine sending them anywhere else,” said another parent.
Here's more information on how you can help the school raise money it needs to stay open