ORLEANS, Mich. (WZZM)-- A charter school serving Ionia and Montcalm county families is closing at the end of this academic year.
Threshold Academy sent a letter home to parents this week, explaining that its lead institution, Central Michigan University's John Engler Center for Charter Schools, will not be renewing its contract with the K-5 school. Dan Petersen, president of EightCAP, Inc., which manages Threshold Academy, says the school posted its highest MEAP proficiency this year, but the gains were apparently not enough for the John Engler Center for Charter Schools.
Threshold Academy serves approximately 158 children. About 95 percent of students rely on the school's free or reduced-price lunches.