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Howe Military Academy releases new details of closures

HOWE, Ind. (WFFT)- Howe Military Academy said the decision to close their 135-year-old school comes due to a decline in enrollment over the last year, despite seeing an increase over the last year.

Posted: Mar 21, 2019 6:20 AM
Updated: Mar 21, 2019 6:20 AM

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petroviak. thanks for joining us. this week howe military academy announced they're closing their doors after this school year. fox 55's abby jackson has the latest on why the board came to the decision. )howe military academy says the decision to close came because their enrollment has declined over the last ten years, despite seeing it increase from last year, and the funding just isn't there. "they've been talking about closing the school. it's come up two or three times in the past, just in the past four or five years." )colonel thomas tate says to consider reopening after this school year, they would need more than three million dollars. but it costs between five and six million to sustain the school annually. "when they made that vote, and i said it was painstaking, it was painstaking. there was emotion, and after 135 years, about half of them alumns. several of them live and work right here in the community." ) tate says he doesn't believe cuts to the department of education have contributed to the closure, but kristen thomas, a parent who first spoke to fox 55 tuesday, says she wrote a letter to president donald trump to try to keep the academy open. "i was given some great advice by somebody in the white house. we're inviting. making a formal invitation to trump to come and visit our campus." ) with 75 students enrolled right now, and tuition sitting at 37,500 dollars, thomas says she wants to spread the word about howe and get enrollment up. "we want the world to know who we are. we would like to have 170 students here next year." )at that level, the school would bring in more than six million dollars every year. but thomas says a lack of maintaining historic buildings has contributed to high costs. "if we had some insulation then we wouldn't be paying like 20,000 dollars on the electric bill every month during the winter. and then the roofs, a lot of water damage was coming through. we had a 30,000 dollar bill, i think, for that." )thomas says she won't take no for an answer... and a closure could leave some students with no where else to go. )colonel tate does plan to hold a parent meeting next week and says he's doing what he can to accommodate the students in the future. reporting in the studio abby jackson fox 55 news.
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