Wings Charter School Closing Its Doors

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By Joey Martin

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) Wings Charter Middle School is closing its doors after five years of continued high quality education.

In 2009, Wings opened its doors for the first time.

This gave 6th, 7th and 8th graders in the area a new option when it came to their middle school education.

And now it's all over.

It all comes down to funding.

Wings found itself in an uphill battle with financial difficulties.

In the end, there was no other choice but to shut the doors for good.

"Every year when you end, it’s bittersweet because you're saying kids... you're going to go off for the summer and hopefully you're going to make wise choices. Now without having a fall to come back to, it’s mixed emotions definitely," says Kristy Oberg, the school administrator.

A handful of reasons contributed to the closure of the school.

Oberg explains it was all about the money.

"The biggest deciding factor was finances. We are a small school and we are funded on school numbers, student numbers. When you try to maintain a small student population, you just bring in less money. And to find a building that can support finances as well as a structure of a school, that was difficult as well," she says.

As for the students at Wings, the closure is also full of mixed emotions.

Robbie Bowles is an 8th grader at Wings.

"It's pretty sad... I would like to see it go on. I know there are a lot of my friends that are going to miss it, and I'm going to miss it a lot, too. I would want it to go on because I would like to visit again... but with the finances and everything, it won't,” he says.

"You just see what has happened with some of these students... positively. They have just grown and have transitioned to high school and have a confidence that they didn't come with. Whether it's because of Wings or not, it's just something you've been a part of... and so now with that closing... it's very difficult," Oberg adds.

A charter of giving young students the best possible education available.

But in the end, it comes down to funding.

And in the case of Wings Charter Middle School, the funding wasn't there.

The 8th grade students who graduated from Wings Thursday afternoon were already on their way out, and they plan on attending high schools in the Twin Falls School District.

But as for the 6th and 7th graders, Wings is still helping students and their parents find the best place for the next year.


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