LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Quest Middle School is a West Little Rock charter set to open in August. But it has run into a problem – it has no building.
The school had originally planned to put down roots on Rahling Road. But earlier this year, they asked the Arkansas Department of Education to move to a location about five miles away on Hardin Road.
Last week, state board of education denied that request.
"I'm deeply disappointed by the board's decision," said Pat Hays, mother of two. "I'm disappointed in the school districts that fought it and in the state board of education."
The mother of two was looking forward to sending her youngest son, Will, to Quest Middle School in the fall. Right now, he's in a special school out of state.
"My sons are a little different, they both have autism, Asperger's syndrome," she said. "They've both been in public school, they have not been well served."
Gary Newton, president and CEO of Arkansas Learns, has been a vocal advocate for the school.
"The reason we couldn't do the previous location was cost," he said. "This could have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars."
He's still unclear about why the board of education denied the school's request.
"They looked at the charter management organization's reason for moving was, in their opinion, not a legitimate reason," explained Education Commissioner Dr. Tom Kimbrell.
In other words, the charter school didn't lock down a lease or costs on the Rahling location like the board thought they should have.
"The board felt it was not in the best interest of the students to be at the location," he said about the proposed Hardin location.
The school is still approved for the Rahling location. However, it's not clear whether or not money will deter the school from securing that location in time for doors to open this August.