FREMONT, Mich., (WZZM) - Less than a month into the school year, a Christian high school is closing its doors for good.
Friday was the last day for students at Providence Christian High School in Fremont. The school sites a lack of funding and enrollment for its closure.
"Believe me when I say, buckets of tears have been shed by staff, parents, and supporters," says Shawn Richards.
As a parent and board member, he says they tried everything they could think of to keep the doors open. They hoped for a surge in enrollment right before the school year. "And historically, that's been the case, so we were hopeful that trend would continue this year."
The school has 46 students. 16 of them are seniors. This year, only 3 freshman were enrolled. "That makes meeting budget a tough thing."
The school depends on tuition and fundraising to run the school. Several families did pitch in to help, but it wasn't enough.
"We all believe in Christian Education. This is a loving, safe, environment. This school has graduated many kids prepared for college in a Christ-learning environment."
Even if the school did get a last-minute large donation, it probably wouldn't be enough to keep the school open long-term. "Because of our low numbers in the freshman class, we're faced with something every four years, until we could get numbers back up."
The school has been open for 10 years. The staff will return next week just to clean out the building.