KC charter school seeks to continue operating

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Kansas City charter school isn't giving up after losing the university sponsor it needs to operate.

The Urban Community Leadership Academy said Friday that it will look for another sponsor or an educational management company.

The comment came after the University of Central Missouri's Board of Trustees decided Wednesday not to renew its sponsorship contract with the charter school, which serves about 230 fifth- to ninth-graders. The contract expires in June.

Missouri charter schools must have a sponsor, typically a university.

UCM said the charter has struggled academically and financially. But school president Yvette Hayes said the charter has made strides since she took over this year, increasing attendance and parental involvement. She said there have been fewer discipline problems and that an exodus of teachers has stopped.