Ozark's Thompkins Early Childhood Center will Remain Open for at least another Year


OZARK -- During Thursday evening's school board meeting for Ozark City Schools, the board decided to keep the Thompkins Early Childhood Center open for at least another year.

Budget issues led to the board discussing closing the school. However, the board voted previously to keep the school open prior to Thursday's meeting. Because it is the most expensive school in the district to run considering price per student, that is why it became the focus of the financial issues.

Currently, it costs the district $7,500 for each of the 168 students.

Superintendent Michael Lenhart said they would look at the financial break down for the Thompkins Early Childhood Center in November or December. At that time, they would have to revisit the issue of closing Thompkins Early Childhood Center, he is confident people understand the financial burdens the school puts on the budget.

"The good thing is that the public is aware of both problems," Lenhart said. "They're aware of the declining enrollment and they're aware of the problem we face for having to pay debt for a building we don't own anymore."


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