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A letter to Forrest City families

Dear Team & Family,
I am writing today to share important news regarding the future of KIPP Forrest City College Preparatory School. On Tuesday, KIPP Delta’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to seek an amendment to our charter, which will allow us to consolidate KIPP Forrest City College Preparatory School (FCCPS) with KIPP Delta College Preparatory School (DCPS) in Helena, beginning with the 2019-20 school year. The board’s recommendation will be considered by the State Charter Authorizing Panel in December, and will be reviewed by the State Board of Education in January. Final approval from the State Board will mean our Forrest City campus will close on May 31, 2019, the end of the current school year.
This difficult recommendation was made by our board after careful deliberation. Ultimately, the board determined that continued operation of our Forrest City campus is not financially sustainable. We are happy to share that all students currently enrolled at FCCPS will be guaranteed a spot at either our KIPP middle school or high school in Helena for the 2019-20 school year. More than 50 Forrest City-area students already take a free bus daily from Forrest City to our schools in Helena. Next fall, we hope your student will join them.
Our sincere hope is that current FCCPS students remain with us through the end of the school year. Mr. Cory Washington, DCPS school leader, will be spending time on the Forrest City campus through the remainder of this year to ensure your child will receive a high quality education. Beyond this year, we want to work with families to ensure their child continues to receive a great education at a school of their choice.
We believe DCPS in Helena offers a strong opportunity for your child. DCPS has served students from Helena and the surrounding areas since 2002 and has received many awards throughout the years, including, most recently, an Outstanding Educational Performance Award from the University of Arkansas. From its enrichment programs to its athletic teams, DCPS can offer a rich array of programming to enhance your child’s education. The curriculum at DCPS is the same strong curriculum KIPP Delta has used for years with strong results.
We have also already initiated conversations with the Forrest City School District to ease the transition for those families choosing this option. Our priority is to ensure families continue to have a real choice in education.
We will be discussing this transition with students tomorrow morning, but we wanted to ensure you were informed first. We will hold parent meetings from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Friday and 4:30-5:30 p.m. Monday to answer all your questions about this transition. Additionally, staff will be available at the school throughout the day both Friday and Monday for those who are unable to attend the meetings. If you can’t make it to the school, please feel free to reach out by telephone at 870-317-4757 or 870-667-6766.
We realize this is difficult news, and we sincerely wish the outcome for the school had been different. That said, we are committed to finishing the school year strong, with a robust second semester that will include everything from bigger field lessons to exciting Hours of Power. We are grateful for the trust you have placed in us, and we look forward to educating your child the rest of this year and hopefully beyond.
In gratitude,
Scott Shirey, Executive Director
KIPP Delta Public Schools

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