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Supporters march for New Hope

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YORK, Pa. (WHTM) -

It was a long march Wednesday evening, but supporters of New Hope Academy Charter were ready.

They were bundled up, their signs proudly on display. there was even a stand with hot beverages halfway through the trek.

Block after block, the group of a few hundred chanted a now familiar refrain, "We are New Hope!"

After nearly 30 minutes, they reached their destination; the York City School District Administration Building.

"I just hope we get our word across that people understand we are not here with our torches and pitchforks, we are just trying to stand up for what we believe in and a good cause," New Hope parent Beverly Awkward said.

The group stood outside chanting, hoping to be heard by district officials. Many were not allowed inside a meeting already in progress because the room was already at capacity.

The meeting was of the district's Community Education Council, which discusses implementation of the district's recovery plan.

District officials said the rally outside was not a distraction.

New Hope administrators say the march comes the night before a special meeting with the Department of Education's Charter Appeal Board. At that meeting the board is expected to hear whether or not the school can stay open until the end of the school year.

New Hope filed a petition to stay the school closure.

They plan to file an appeal in Commonwealth Court as well.

Last month, the State Department of Education denied the school's appeal.

The charter school is scheduled to close January 15. The York City school board denied New Hope's five-year charter renewal last year, saying it had not lived up to academic expectations or followed state guidelines for operations.

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