Board of embattled Kansas military school looks to future

SALINA, Kan. (KWCH/AP) Saturday February 16, 2019

The board of an embattled Kansas military school is exploring what to do with the property as the private boarding school prepares to close after facing years of litigation.

St. John's Military School announced this month that the Salina all-boys school will close after this school year. The school said it was unfairly targeted by lawsuits and negative media portrayals, including accusations that administrators failed to supervise cadets.

The Salina Journal reports that the school's board is considering fundraising options to transform the school grounds.

The school's president, Col. William Clark, says the board is committed to keeping the property as an educational institution. He says it's too early to determine whether it'll stay a military school or become another kind of facility, though all options are being considered.
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A Kansas military school is closing down.

On Wednesday, St. John's Military School announced the 131 st Corps of Cadets will be the last class. The school will continue to operate through May 11 culminating with a celebration of its history during commencement weekend.

For several years, school leaders have sought to sustain St. John's through a variety of strategies. However, the landscape of education has changed dramatically resulting in lower enrollment and unsustainable higher costs of operations.

"This, combined with St. John's having unfairly become a target for legal cases and negatively biased and misleading portrayals by some media outlets, has created an insurmountable situation that school leaders have been unable to overcome," school administrators said.

The Board of Trustees made the announcement early for families and staff to make alternative plans for the next school year. Programs are in place to offer as much assistance as possible to families placing sons in other schools, as well as assisting staff and faculty in seeking future employment.