Parents save small eastern Ky. school


Associated Press

Posted on April 22, 2013 at 8:03 AM

CORBIN, Ky. (AP) — A Catholic school slated for closure in eastern Kentucky has been saved by parents who rallied together.

The Times-Tribune ( reports the school — Saint Camillus Academy — will get a new name and a new board of directors at the end of the current school year.

The Diocese of Lexington will continue to operate the academy until the end of the current school year in May. At that point, it will be turned over to a new board of directors and renamed Saint Camillus Academy of Corbin Inc.

The school has been in located in Corbin since 1908. When parents learned earlier in the school year that it was slated for closure due to finances, they rallied to save it.

"Our goal is to have the school open this fall. We have every intention to open it. Will it open? We think so," said Libby Farmer, a member of the board of directors of the new school.

Attorney Scott Webster says the effort is community-wide.

"This corporation's board of directors is made up of people who don't have children who go to school here, as well as people who are interested in the school. One of the board members is a nun who is a member of the Sisters of Divine Providence, who own the property," he said.

The nun, Sister Carleen, told parents in February that the Sisters would lease the buildings for a dollar a year if parents could keep the school open.

"We've streamlined the budget, we have fundraising ideas, and we have pledges from all sorts of people which should cover the operating budget for at least a half a year. That's estimated. That's not regular income, but charitable donations from people who love the school, and want to help the school," said Webster.

Farmer said at a recent open house that she could feel a new excitement inside the building.

"What's amazing about Saint Camillus is the love people feel when they come here to visit the school. They've had children who went here, and the children thrive here, emotionally and educationally," she said.


Information from: The Times-Tribune,