Low Donations May Cause School To Close

By: Jenna Emenhiser Email
By: Jenna Emenhiser Email

After three years of low donations an eastern Kentucky school may have to close its doors.

School administrators say the Red Bird Mission School in Clay County is facing financial hardships and unless they can raise a half a million dollars, the school may not re-open next year.

Administrators say since recent natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina and the 2005 tsuanami they have seen a decline giving fatigue.

Many of the donors they relied on are sending their money elsewhere, now unless funding increases many students may be left without a school.

Christen Wooten is a junior at Red Bird Mission School. It's a school she's attended since the fifth grade and now Wooten and the friends she's known since then may be forced to split up. It's a fate none of them are taking lightly.

"In my case I don't know where I'd go because I live between Leslie County and Clay County and I really like going to school here," Wooten said.

School administrators say they need 500 thousand dollars to keep the entire school open.

"Right now if we have to make any adjustments it will have to be a fairly major adjustment which would mean one of the schools at least would have to be not opened up," Fred Haggard said.

Haggard says 90 percent of the schools budget comes from donations.

"We could take all then money away from the other ministries and still not have enough money to pay for the school," Haggard said.

Now to save their school, students are writing letters to churches and alumni asking for help.

"If you're wanting to give money anywhere I'd give it to Red Bird because it's worth it because they really care about the students,"

We're getting money in, hopefully it will be enough to keep us open," Wooten said.



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