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Volunteers keep St. Camillus Academy open

By: Erika Glover Email
By: Erika Glover Email

WHITLEY Co., Ky. (WYMT) - The principal of St. Camillus Academy in Corbin says their school is like a family. So when their funding was cut and the doors were in jeopardy of closing students, parents and teachers did what any family would do. They rallied together.

At St. Camillus Academy Terry Newquist drives the school bus, pulls weeds and teaches math. She is also the principal.

"I've done all the jobs there are to do at this school at some point that I've been here," said Newquist.

When the Sisters of Divine Providence could no longer support the academy, the Catholic Diocese of Lexington took over.

But in January their budget changed...

"Over that period the school enrollment dropped and we started running in a deficit and the diocese decided they could no longer financially support this school," said Newquist.

Teachers agreed to 5% pay cuts and a reduction to their benefits.

Tuition increased 10% across the board and programs were cut.

When that was not enough and their school was in danger of closing, parents stepped up to the plate, working for free.

Like so many other volunteers, Jeanne Martin says they do what they have to in order to support the teachers.

"I don't know what would have to happen to keep the volunteers from coming up here. I mean we've had a lot of blows in the past few months and we just keep coming back and that's what we're going to keep doing," said Martin.

This September the academy will celebrate their 100th year anniversary on the hill.

St. Camillus Academy is hosting an open house this Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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