Red Bird Mission to Stay Open

By: Sean Evans Email
By: Sean Evans Email

In early May, school administrators, teachers and students at Red Bird Mission thought there wouldn't be a 2010, 2011 school year.
That all changed in a recent board meeting.

"The board of directors has reconsidered and has voted to open the doors of the school this fall and the first day of school will be August 4th for students," said Executive Director Dr. Taylor Collins.

Dr. Collins, an alumnus of Red Bird, replaced Chris Klimecko as executive director and made it his mission to raise the money necessary to keep the doors open.

"We have experienced increased giving and donations because of the situation and the concern for the school, both from the general church, the United Methodist Church, and from alumni and local businesses and individuals."

The schools budget will be a little more than 750 thousand dollars... but 1 million less than the previous budget, even with the donations.

"Our dormitory program won't be open, and we expect to have about 150 to 165 or 70 students this year, which will be a reduced number of students."

One parent is just happy to be able to send her children back for the upcoming school year.

"My children were so excited to find out that Red Bird was going to be open for this August. They really didn't consider going anywhere else. and were just confident and hopeful that they would be able to start back at Red Bird," said Jennifer Wilder, who has two children attending the school

Wilder is also a guidance counselor at the school.


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