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Caroline County Private School Closing for Good

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DENTON, Md. - The class of 2012 will be the last class to graduate from the Wesleyan Christian School in Denton.

School officials say there would be significantly less than 300 students returning next year, and their only option was to close the school for good.

Shawn Kelley of Greensboro has two sisters who attended Wesleyan Christian School. He said tuition costs are not cheap at $4,500 per student and the economy has driven more people toward public schools.

"They were charging a lot of money when my sisters went there, it cost a small fortune for them to be enrolled there and I think probably with the economy being the way it is, a lot of people don't have the money to invest in the program," said Kelley.

Students will be forced to attend new schools next fall and employees will have to look for work elsewhere.

"It's sad it's really hard in Caroline County there is not a lot of work opportunities," said Leah McVicker of Denton. "I know several families who sent their kids now and financially they can't handle it anymore, so it's just the cost."

Kim Schoonover is an employee at Bullock's Deli in Denton. She said the school's closing will hurt business.

"A lot of people stop in here on their way here on their way back and it's definitely going to hurt us and the community itself," said Schoonover.

Earlier this year the Wesleyan Christian School celebrated its 30 year anniversary.

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