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December 11, 2012

Brownsburg Challenger Center to close

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BROWNSBURG —

At the conclusion of last year, he said the CLC was still nearly $80,000 in the red, coupled with the additional fees for licensing and utilities, which brought the losses since 2002 to around $2,400,000.

Once the center is closed, Snapp said funds could be saved and directed into classrooms for BCSC students.

Several community members requested that the school board give them a little extra time so a group could be put together to find a new home for the center, thus not rendering it completely gone.

“Know up front that we will do all we can to support that group,” Snapp said., but he added that making the decision to cease operations now is imperative so employees can look at other employment options within the school system.

BCSC board member David Ayers added, “This is a very difficult decision, no question. I wish the CLC all the best and this doesn’t preclude any discussion on ongoing opportunities, but this is a necessary decision and one that we have been monitoring for quite some time. I think, on behalf of all the children in Brownsburg, a thanks goes to all the staff and anyone and everyone who’s ever devoted themselves to that mission.”

Board member Kim Armstrong cited the growing population in Brownsburg and the likely need in the future for more teachers.

“It’s very near and dear to my heart since it opened,” she said. “It’s always been kind of a star for us that we had it because it was run by such great people. We’ve tried many different ways to raise revenue, but because our dollars today are so tight compared to what they were when the CLC opened, we can’t with good conscience spend that kind of money. I think our constituents would rather see smaller class sizes for their children.”

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