On Wednesday, the school year wrapped up for Price Lab, but will it be the end of this school?
A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the parents of Price Lab students to keep the school open, despite the University of Northern Iowa moving forward with plans to shut it down.
Tom Frerichs, the lawyer who filed the lawsuit on behalf of Price Lab parents says he just filed a brief and he is waiting the university and the Board of Regents to file a brief in return. After that, it will be up to a Black Hawk County judge to make a decision.
The end of the school year is something kids usually look forward to, but at Price Lab this last day was bitter sweet. There were hugs, some tears, and a lot of emotion. Many of the students are moving forward with an uncertain certain future.
"I'm trying to get my friends phone numbers, so I can contact them," said student Lauryn Orsborn.
"It's kind of depressing and stuff, not only is school out, but it's school out forever," said student Miranda MacGillivroy.
"I've been here seven years and so it's really emotional for us," said 6th grade student, Natalie Dirks.
Some, however, are making goals for next year.
"My plans are to have a really good teacher and to be a good student," said Sophia Schillinger, who is planning on going to Lincoln Elementary next year.
Dave Deibler, is a Price Lab parent and is part of the "Keep Price Lab Open" movement. He would like to see his son continue to go to Price Lab next year.
"Yeah were truly in limbo right now. It's a beautiful day so we're going to go to a park, but part of my brain is always thinking about what's going to happen. Hopefully the lawsuit will be settled in the next month," said Deibler.
University officials say they are moving forward with closing Price Lab School because that's what the Board of Regents has asked them to do, however, they will not be moving any material out of the building until after June 30th.
"The UNI administration has taken the policy as have the Board of Regents that they will just push this through even though it is illegal and unethical," said Deibler.
As for what the university would do if the Board of Regents decision to close the school is overturned, university spokesperson Stacey Christensen says they are not looking at hypothetical situations.
Tom Frerichs says he hopes the judge will return a decision before June 30th.
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