COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) - "Heartbroken. Devastated, and worried for my students," said ISC Teacher, Kim Sutton.
Sutton was one of dozens packing a standing room only meeting Monday evening at the International School of Columbus.
"Unfortunately we just don't have the funds," said Rich Wagner, ISC's Board Chair.
The news many feared was coming, was finally delivered.
"We believe school will be open for this week to help the kids transition and then next week the school will more than likely have to be shut down," said Wagner.
The public charter school is one of the only free schools in the country to offer an International Baccalaureate program, and it is now out of money.
The school needs to grow its student body to receive more funds, but it can't grow because its facility is nearly at capacity.
"It's almost like a chicken and egg thing. People won't give you money until you can show sustainability but you can't get the money until you show student growth," said Wagner.
For Junior Samantha Davis, who came to ISC after being bullied at her previous school, the news is devastating.
"Almost like I'm losing that family. Like, I'm terrified to go back to a bigger school. I'll be honest," said Davis.
Davis is one of many students and teachers who have found refuge inside ISC's walls.
"I just cried. I was devastated because this is my family. This is my home. I don't consider this as my job. This is my passion," said Sutton.
If only passion paid the bills.
Come Friday, the International School of Columbus will be a memory but there's no doubt it will be a great one.
"The people, the teachers, the staff, the students, my friends, just everyone," said Davis.
Wagner says the superintendents from the public school system have been very helpful and flexible to allow any ISC student to transfer there easily.
As for any hope of keeping their doors open, Wagner says it will take a near miracle in the form of a very big check.
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