Parents/staff fight to keep Bradenton Charter School open

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BRADENTON - Parents and staff members of a Manatee County charter school are fighting to keep it open.

The school board plans to close Bradenton Charter School at the end of the school year. The charter school is in its 13th year of existence and serves children in grades 3 through 8.

The district claims the school did not live up to the requirements of its charter. That’s something the school's principal denies.

"It's sad, it's very sad and I'd like to see this school open. If the district has a problem with the leadership, that can be changed. All things are on the table. All I know is that I'd like to see this school work with these children. I'd like to see these teachers continue to have an opportunity to work with these children," says Principal Richard Donnelly.

Parents and students spoke at last night's school board meeting in support of the school.

The school district refuses to comment on whether or not it will reconsider removing its charter.