Carl Sandburg Children’s School to close

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After the spring semester Carl Sandburg Children’s School in Galesburg will be closing.

According to a spokesperson from Carl Sandburg College, when current contracts for the spring semester expire on June 6, 2014 the Children’s School located on the Main Campus will close.

In 1977 the Children’s School opened as a laboratory school and clinical site for Sandburg’s child development and nanny programs. Due to a decline in enrollment the College stopped offering either of the programs.

“The College has subsidized the Children’s School for many years, but it has sustained a revenue loss of about $750,000 over the past seven years,” said a spokesperson from the school.

Carl Sandburg College President Dr. Lori Sundberg said the Children’s School was a benefit to students, employees and the community for many years, but the college can no longer sustain the programs.

“The College simply no longer offers the accompanying programs and no longer has the resources available to continue to support it financially given the reduced funding we’ve received from the state in recent years,” said Dr. Lori Sundberg. “Ultimately, continuing to provide for the Children’s School would take away from the College’s core mission.”

The current semester currently has 70 students enrolled. The closure will affect 11 full-time and two permanent part-time employees. Employees were notified on Friday, January 17 of the decision to close.