Bright Ideas Announces Official Closure

Bright Ideas Announces Official Closure

Bright Ideas Charter will officially close its doors for good this summer. The charter school has been part of the Wichita Falls community for nearly 30 years.

Earlier this year the Texas Education Agency announced the school's charter was being revoked.

Now not only will 110 students have to find a new place to learn but 23 faculty members will be out of a job.

"It's very devastating," said Lynda Plummer, Founder of Bright Ideas Charter School. "I've worked here for 30 years; I've developed most everything with my great teachers."

Mayra Marquez has worked for Bright Ideas for two years, and two of her children were enrolled.

"When I transferred here two years ago from Odessa we were looking for a place that offered the kids, you know, zero boundaries," said Marquez. "Some where they weren't constricted and confined."

She said Bright Ideas had been a place where her children thrive. A place she's worried about leaving.

"Moving forward of course, we'll have to go back to a regular school system which is going to be hard for my kiddos because none of them have grown up in a traditional school setting," said Marquez.

But it's not just her children she's worried about.

"Working here (Bright Ideas), I learned that every student has a story," said Marquez. "You know keeping up with 120 student's sounds like a huge daunting task but we know all of their families and we know all of their stories."

She's worried about all the other students and faculty that will now have to look for a place to go.

"We celebrate in their achievements and help them through the hard time," said Marquez. "It's like losing a family."

The school has known about the charter revocation for about six months. It was announced after the third and final state financial failing for accountability standards.

During that time school officials have been working on finding any alternative to keep doors open. They tried finding another charter to adopt them, and considered converting into a private school.

Plummer said they recently received word that their request for a charter expansion amendment was denied by the Texas Education Agency. She said the school couldn't be converted to a private school because there were not enough students willing to attend.

See previous story on why the charter was revoked:

Brittany Costello, Newschannel 6