Eastern Kentucky School Struggling Financially

By: Heather Haley Email
By: Heather Haley Email

An Eastern Kentucky school is struggling financially. Now staff, students, and parents are working together to keep it open past 2008.

The Red Bird community has come together and formed a Save our School committee to raise money to keep the school from closing. More than 100 people showed up to the school Saturday to show their support.

"This is a really good school and it gives opportunities to a lot of people in the community and I think it should always be open," said Red Bird Student Danielle Deal.

Alle Wicker works with the Red Bird Mission and says the school is private, but the student’s tuition doesn't cover costs.

"The children do pay tuition, but it’s based on a sliding scale on their income. The average student pays $107 a year," Wicker said.

The school has less than 300 students and Wicker says they don't receive federal or state funding. Students showed their support by raising money for their school.

"The school can be nice good and wealthy because I want to stay here and keep on coming here for a very long time," said Student Terrigan Roarke.

Wicker says it costs the school nearly 2 million dollars a year to stay open.

"This school is really great. We do a lot to try and help the school out, if you guys want to help the school it'd be great and we'd really appreciate it," said Shay Roark.

Wicker says the budget is approved right now through 2008, but they need to raise a lot more money to stay open any longer.

School officials say they raised nearly seven thousand dollars Saturday but they have a lot more to raise to stay open.

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