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July 30, 2013

St. Camillus is closing

Declining enrollment, low funding blamed for shutdown

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

There will not be school at St. Camillus Academy this fall.

In a letter sent to parents of children planning to attend the Catholic school in Corbin, the academy’s board of directors said enrollment for the new school year was “substantially below the threshold of needed income to successfully meet the school’s financial obligations.”

The letter was emailed Monday by the school’s board. It stated the income projected, along with some large donations, would barely cover the first month’s opening expenses, and “would leave us with significant hurdles to overcome each and every month thereafter.”

St. Camillus had planned on opening its doors for the new school year on Monday, Aug. 5.

The academy, located on a 30-acre site on a hill at the end of Roy Kidd Avenue, would have celebrated its 100th birthday on Sept. 8.

In the letter, parents who transferred their children from St. Camillus to other schools were told transcripts would be sent to their new school “as those schools request them.”

Parents who have already paid registration, book fees, or tuition to St. Camillus would be fully refunded. In addition, any pledge money collected by the school would be refunded, and money raised by charitable events and the school’s recent yard sale would be used to pay any outstanding bills.

The letter noted the school’s board of directors “continues to meet to discuss the details of all which must transpire now. …We plan to meet with the Sisters to discuss any other payments which may be required.”

The Sisters of Divine Providence — a community of sisters based at St. Anne Convent in the northern Kentucky city of Melbourne, located on the Ohio River in Campbell County — own the buildings and property.

Saint Camillus Academy of Corbin Inc. is the non-profit corporation formed by parents after the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lexington announced in January they would end their agreement to operate the school a year early.

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