Broken Arrow Church School Closes

Broken Arrow, OK – BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) Administrators of a private high school say plummeting enrollment caused by the economic slowdown has led to their decision to close its doors.

Grace Christian High School had 100 students enrolled this past year, but Superintendent Ken Stewart says that only 48 students had enrolled by the end of March for the upcoming school year.

Stewart says many students couldn't afford the tuition payments, which had not been a problem in previous years.

Grace Church pastor Bob Yandian says the decision was tough because many of the high school students had attended Grace Christian since their elementary years.

About 19 employees have been let go because of the high school's closure.

The school will continue to have classes for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

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