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Howe Military Academy closing after 135 years in operation

St. James Chapel at Howe Military Academy. (Howe Military Academy/Released)
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Howe Military Academy in Indiana announced Monday that it will not reopen for the 2019-2020 school year.

Administrators cited rising costs and declining enrollment for more than a decade as reasons for the closings. The news was announced on the school’s website.

The financial requirements associated with operation and maintenance of the military academy can’t be sustained, the announcement stated.

Howe, located in LaGrange County, is a private, co-educational, college-preparatory boarding school for grades 7-12. It has enrolled boys since 1884, and started enrolling girls in 1988.

“Fiscal challenges associated with a vast, but aging, campus, small class sizes, highly educated and qualified faculty and staff, and robust programming and student opportunities come at a very high cost—one that our business model is not able to support,” the statement announced.

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School leaders said they will provide support and assistance to families, faculty, and staff in making alternative plans for the next school year.

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© 2019 the South Bend Tribune (South Bend, Ind.)

Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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