Bell County Day Treatment and Recovery school closing

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

BELL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - The Bell County School Board can no longer afford to operate the Day Treatment and Recovery school in Pineville.

The Board approved closing the facility as a part of budget cuts.

The Bell County Day Treatment and Recovery Center opened 17 years ago to educate and help troubled students.

"The treatment is a huge benefit because students don't have to be checked out of school to go see a counselor or a doctor even sometimes," said Rosie Kinsler, Director of the Day Treatment and Recovery school.

Now, the School Board says it can no longer afford it. The district loses $200,000 each year running the school. The Board is shutting it down to save money.

"It's really painful to let go of something that you've relied on for seventeen years, but it just became a financial burden that our district could not incur that kind of hit continuously," said Superintendent Yvonne Gilliam.

"It's tough. One of the things we'll miss the most is we're a close-knit family, the employees and the kids. We all care about each other," said Kinsler.

Anywhere from fifteen to thirty students attend the school each year. Sixteen are currently enrolled.

"I met with them as a group and talked about what was going to happen. They wanted to know, 'what's going to happen to me?' So we went through that with a lot of kids explaining what was going to happen," said Kinsler.

Parents will decide where to send their children next school year.

"These students will be going from a small school environment, very small student-teacher ratio, to a much larger classroom. That's going to be tough on a lot of our students," said Kinsler.

The School Board will try to place the employees in other parts of the school system, but some of the employees could be laid off.

"Those that are non-tenured, my heart breaks for them because there may not be a placement for those individuals. We will certainly try," said Gilliam.

The school closes at the end of the school year.

Kinsler said the school could re-open if another school district or organizations funds it. So far, no one has offered.

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