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Teachers at Harrison Christian plan to teach despite lack of money
HARRISON, Ohio (Tiffany Wilson) -- A private school in Harrison will close because it's simply out of money.
Dwindling enrollment has put a burden on the school, one that is now too great. Harrison Christian needs between 36-thousand and 40-thousand dollars to make payroll for the rest of the year. The school should close immediately and will not reopen next year.
This is a school that isn't so much about teaching what "I" means, but teaching students the ideals of sharing, sacrificing, and putting others before themselves.
This may be why the nine teachers are not ready to give up easily. They want to teach regardless of the payment issues.
"My teachers have told me flat out, we're going to teach regardless. Whatever we get paid, we get paid, but we're not going to abandon our students and our families," says principal Rich Friedmann.
The adjoining church has supported the school since it opened in 1984 and for second grade teacher Lisa Goins, this school is something she holds close to her heart. "This has been my home for the last 18 years," she said. "I became a mom here, I lost my husband while I was here and this place has carried me through."
That's why Goins will forego her salary. She doesn't want her kids to experience the pain of transitioning to a new school mid-year. "I've prayed about it and i think this is where God wants me to be right now."
The other teachers agree. They're a family and like countless families during the recession they're sacrificing for their children. Parents humbled by this act of generosity say the school's closing is a true loss. "I'm so sad about it because i was going to send my youngest here but I can't now," says Stephanie Bolser.
If you can help with a donation to support the teachers you can call the school office at (513) 367-6100.