Atlanta’s Latin Academy postpones decision on closing

Students and staff at an Atlanta charter school got a temporary reprieve from closure Thursday night.

After dozens of speakers pleaded with the board of Latin Academy, which is in dire financial circumstances board members said were caused in large part by past financial mismanagement and the alleged theft of more than $600,000, the board voted to postpone for a month a decision about closing the school.

The board had been slated Thursday to consider closing Latin Academy at the end of this school year. Now they're giving families and staff time to come up with a plan to raise the money board members say is needed to keep the school open.

“The uphill battle that we have to close this gap will not be easy,” board member Scott Harris said.