PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS
33-5212. school closure and dissolution. (1) Prior to any public charter school closure decision, an authorized chartering entity shall have developed a public charter school closure protocol to ensure timely notification to parents, orderly transition of students and student records to new schools, and proper disposition of school funds, property and assets in accordance with the requirements of this chapter. The protocol shall specify tasks, timelines and responsible parties, including delineating the respective duties of the school and the authorized chartering entity. In the event of a public charter school closure for any reason, the authorized chartering entity shall oversee and work with the closing school to ensure a smooth and orderly closure and transition for students and parents, as guided by the closure protocol. The closing school’s board of directors shall be responsible for executing the school’s closure.
(2) In the event of a public charter school closure for any reason, the assets of the school shall be distributed first to satisfy outstanding payroll obligations for employees of the school, including any tax, public employee retirement system and other employee benefit obligations, then to creditors of the school, and then to the authorized chartering entity in the case of a public charter school authorized by the board of a local school district. In the case of a public charter school authorized by any other authorized chartering entity, any remaining assets shall be distributed to the public school income fund. Assets purchased using federal funds shall be returned to the authorized chartering entity for redistribution among other public charter schools. If the assets of the school are insufficient to pay all parties to whom the school owes compensation, the prioritization of the distribution of assets may be determined by decree of a court of law.
[33-5212, added 2013, ch. 343, sec. 15, p. 926.]