7 On Your Side: Public charter high school in DC at risk of shutdown

Washington Math Science Technology Charter School (ABC7 photo)

Washington Math Science Technology Charter School (WMST PCS) has annual debts of $1.1 million, according to the DC Public Charter School Board. The Board voted 6-0 at a Monday night emergency hearing whether to revoke the charter school’s license. A final decision is pending a possible appeal from WMST.

The school serves more than 228 students 9th through 12th graders at their campus on 1920 Bladenbsurg Rd. in Northeast Washington. It opened in 1998.

The school has a $300,000 line of credit which is fully drawn down, according to the Public Charter School Board. It will run out of employee payroll April 6. It has a projected deficit of $833,991 which increases to $1,164,853 when summer school classes are counted.

If the board decides to close the campus, the board will pay to keep the school open until the end of the school year. Families considering WMST in the charter school lottery have until March 15 to reorder their school preferences.

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