Central Missouri won’t renew contract to sponsor KC charter school

A struggling Kansas City charter school is losing the university sponsor it needs to operate.

On Thursday, the University of Central Missouri told the Urban Community Leadership Academy that it won't renew a sponsorship contract that expires in June.

The academy was placed on probation in 2008 and received a two-year contract extension in 2009.

But university official Vici Hughes said the 230-student school struggled with low test scores. Low attendance and enrollment below capacity created financial problems. The charter's reserves were so low that the state placed it on a list of financially stressed schools.

Hughes said school policies weren't always followed, including one requiring pre-employment background checks

A phone message left for the school's principal, Yvette Hayes, wasn't immediately returned.