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Howe Military faces decision on closing

HOWE – Howe Military Academy could close this summer unless it can raise $2 million by early June.

The academy's board will vote June 2 on whether to close the private 130-year-old school, Superintendent Col. David G. Douglass told parents and alumni late last month in a letter.

The board “has adopted a consensus that a vote will be held on or about June 2 on whether to proceed with the dissolution of the charter of the Howe School Inc., unless $2 million has been raised by that date,” the letter said, according to The News Sun (http://bit.ly/RYP6Lp ).

The school was founded in 1884 as a preparatory school for men seeking ordination in the Episcopal Church. It became a military school in 1895, but has remained tied to the church.

Currently, the school has 76 students. Trustee Phil Malone said Howe needs to have 110 students to break even.

Northern Indiana Episcopal Bishop Edward S. Little II said the school has been operating at a loss for several years.

“We’ve known the situation is difficult. No one wants to close to the school,” Little, who is also the chairman of the school’s board of trustees, told the newspaper. “The meeting on June 2 still has to occur. If circumstances have changed in such a way that the school can remain open, that would be wonderful.

“But at the same time, the board is realistic, and closure, sadly, is one of the options.”

The board already has decided to sell a 10-acre plot of land on school property, as well as a summer camp location.

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