Charter School To Close

Published 06/16 2014 10:38PM

Updated 06/16 2014 11:14PM

Tobyhanna, Monroe County - Class is dismissed for good at one Monroe County school.  After more than a year of debate and plenty of controversy, the Pocono Charter School will close permanently.  The charter was revoked after the State Appeal Board sided with Pocono Mountain School District.  The two sides agree the charter school was tied too closely with shawnee tabernacle church, as some of the money going to the school, was instead used by the church.

Still, the school remained open for this school year as the court issues were sorted out.  Roughly 350 students from kindergarten through 12th grade go to the school and those who are not graduating will need to find a new place to attend classes.  Atty. Alan Young, Court Appointed Custodian for Pocono Mountain Charter, says "they have to follow the charter school law at this point.  What ever district... that are available where they live." 

The school ran into other issues in the past when founder Pastor Dennis Bloom pleaded guilty to tax evasion last year. 

The final graduation will be held at 7pm Wednesday.  The last day of classes is Thursday and after June 21st, 61 teachers will be unemplowed.

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