East Charlotte school abruptly closes, leaving parents, students in limbo


Parents of about 200 students at Legacy Preparatory School in east Charlotte learned Friday the facility abruptly closed and now they are trying to find a new school for their children.

The school was located inside the Park Expo and Conference Center near Bojangles Coliseum.

Parents received the short notice Friday the school will not reopen next week.

Principal Stacey Rose said in an email to parents Friday: “It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that Legacy Preparatory will have to close its doors and cease all operations immediately. As such, we will not reopen for classes on Jan. 7.”

Rose told parents in the email the school’s main investor didn’t deliver on his promise to provide funding for scholarships, which left officials no choice but to close.

It’s the second time in less than a year that some of those students have had to deal with their school closing.

The state announced last spring it was revoking the charter for the Charlotte Learning Academy, a charter school that operated in the same building with the same principal.

The charter was taken away because of poor academic performance.

Parent Porsha Ransome wonders why they didn’t get a notice farther in advance.

“To suddenly just shut the school down, if they didn’t have the funding all of the sudden, that didn’t make sense. They knew that in advance, and they should have already prepped everyone or given them referrals to other schools.”

The chairman of the board of Legacy Preparatory said Friday the school let parents know about challenges the school faced a while ago.

The chair said they couldn’t say more than what was in the principal’s email.

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