Smyrnan High School, where the school of the world’s most famous scientist is said to have received his genius, is closing down.
Harvester, which has more than 500 students and grades 8-12, is facing a $250 million deficit.
Its principal, Dr. Michael DeAngelis, said Monday that the school will shutter as part of a “sustainable plan.”
The school is in the midst of a $50 million expansion that will include new classrooms, new equipment and a new athletic field.
The school was built on a former railroad property in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, in the 1960s.
“It was not easy,” DeAngeles said.
“We were on a tight budget, and we had to make difficult decisions.
I’m so proud of the school.”
Harvesters are among a growing number of private and public schools nationwide to shutter because of budget woes.
The Associated Press first reported the closures of Harvesters last week.
Harsh criticismHarvesers enrollment, as well as other schools around the country, has been declining over the past decade.
Many of its students are among the nation’s most severely autistic.
The number of students with autism has risen by about 20% since 2000.