Note: This story was last updated at 9:45 a.m. Sept. 22.
After 40 years, the Montessori School of Oak Ridge is closing.
There will be a silent auction on Saturday, September 30, at the Montessori School from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., a press release said. School items and miscellaneous games will be in the auction. The school is located at 728 Emory Valley Road in Oak Ridge. There will be office equipment, furniture, and small appliances also.
Opened in 1977, the Montessori School of Oak Ridge is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation chartered by the State of Tennessee for operation as a parent-owned cooperative. It is certified by the Tennessee Department of Education for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, and it has been “dedicated to providing a high quality Montessori program to children ages 2 to 6 years from all racial, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds.”
Anderson County Law Director Jay Yeager said the school is in the former Daniel Arthur Rehabilitation Center on Emory Valley Road. Anderson County Commission has forgiven the school’s annual two-year lease of $669 per month in the county-owned building. The lease expires December 2018.
The school can continue operating as an entity, but Yeager said he’s not aware of any continued instruction at the Emory Valley Road location. Staff members are in the process of moving out, Yeager said Thursday.
The school is expected to be out of the building in about six weeks to two months.
The school told Yeager that enrollment had been declining, and they were down to about five to six students.
Yeager said the school was not affected by any of the building renovations, which are occurring on the west end of the building for Anderson County General Sessions Court Division II in Oak Ridge. The school is on the east end of the former Daniel Arthur building.
Note: Some information in this story, including about the auction, was submitted by Doris Sklad. Additional information, including about the school closing and the comments by Yeager, were added by Oak Ridge Today.
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