Just one week after M.E.T.S. Charter School made headlines when it announced it would be permanently closing its doors at the end of the academic year, the school has now reversed that decision and will remain open.
The decision was announced at an Oct. 23 information session held for parents and students.
Although it was previously announced that M.E.T.S. 9th and 10th graders would be placed in schools throughout the district, while 11th and 12th graders would finish out the year at the high school, students in all grades will now remain at M.E.T.S. for the remainder of the 2017-18 school year.
TAPinto Newark has verified with M.E.T.S. officials that the school will remain open, although no details were given for the reversal.
In an Oct. 23 letter to parents and students from Interim Lead Administrator Madelyn Dullea, it was noted that the school has not firmed up any plans beyond the 2017-18 year.
“It is important to note that at this juncture we currently do not have a permanent location for the 2018-19 school year and beyond,” Dullea wrote. “We are in the process of looking for a stable location which could potentially be in either Newark or Jersey City, preferably in Newark. Any child who is a student at M.E.T.S. at the conclusion of this school year will have a place in our new location next year wherever it may be.”
The letter noted their partnership with Essex County Community College would not take effect this year, and that college level courses would not be available to students until the next school year.
“We do remain dedicated to making sure students receive a high quality, rigorous education,” Dullea noted.
The letter also stated that Newark Public Schools was available for those who sought alternative placement.
“M.E.T.S. will support your family with whatever your decision may be,” Dullea said..
The school, which opened its downtown Newark location to much fanfare on Aug. 29 following a ribbon-cutting attended by Gov. Chris Christie, made the decision to close its doors after an Oct. 18 Board of Trustees meeting.
According to an Oct. 18 letter disseminated by the school to its 250 students and signed by Dullea, M.E.T.S. 9th and 10th graders would be working with Newark Public Schools to place students at schools within the district, with freshman and sophomore grades being discontinued.
The school had noted the difficulty of the decision to close its doors, stating that it could not "in good conscience" provide students with the highest level of education.
"High school is such a vital time in a young person’s life, and it would be a detriment to our students to not find a truly appropriate placement for them," the school noted in last week's letter to parents and students.
The school had a full day of classes Tuesday, and reiterated their commitment to parents and students.
"We know this has been a difficult time for our families, but our faculty and staff is 100 percent committed to getting our students back on track to learning and having a truly successful school year," the school said.
The school's first campus opened in 2011 in Jersey City.