Administrators and leaders with Studio Academy, Rochester's arts-based charter high school, met with Volunteers of America-Minnesota this morning in the hope of persuading the organization to change its mind and allow the school to survive.
Up to this point, VOA has given Studio Academy little reason to hope that it will.
A Studio Academy employee said that SA representatives had met with VOA officials this morning but a decision on the appeal wasn't immediately expected.
"I'm sure they didn't (make a decision)," the employee said. "They have 10 days to do that."
Studio Academy was notified in March that VOA was not renewing its sponsorship "for cause," meaning that the school would not be allowed to seek sponsorship from any other organization. The decision by VOA, if it stands, is in effect a death sentence for the school.
VOA cited Studio Academy's repeated failure to meet financial and academic benchmarks over an extended period of time for its decision to withdraw its sponsorship.
Since learning that its sponsorship has been withdrawn, Studio Academcy leadership, including executive director Jody Allen Crowe, have been scrambling in an effort to avoid closure. They've contacted a lawyer, held an open house, sought sponsorship from another organization and brought their appeal to VOA in person.
Spokespeople for Studio Academy and VOA were unavailable for comment this morning.