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News & Views - Oct, 1994 Issue #30 

AMITY SCHOOL CLOSES
Amity School Board of Directors
September 23, 1994 

It is with great sorrow that we write to tell you that The Amity School is closing, effective immediately. The decision to take such final measures has been carefully discussed and analyzed by our Board of Directors, and is the result of many hours dedicated to answering the question of whether Amity has the resources to continue under the conditions it currently faces. 

The challenges of creating and maintaining an overseas therapeutic program for the past seven years have been complex and at times overwhelming. The distance of the program from its market and the stringent nature of Italian laws concerning labor and business have contributed significantly to the school's difficulties. Ultimately every possible solution to salvaging and retrieving the school was explored, including the installment of a talented, energetic Headmaster, retooling of staff, and reformation of program. These past few months Michael Cruciano and Marci Padgett, along with their staff and many dedicated alumni parents, have devoted all of their time with unflagging energy and commitment to bring about much needed change and growth to Amity's program. In spite of everyone's best efforts, the school's difficulties have become insurmountable. We all regret the closure of the school. 

The Statewide admissions office will remain open until September 30, and key people will be available at the school until late October to handle academic records and transcripts, and to provide therapeutic background information to professionals involved in placements. Our primary goal at this time is the safe and smooth transition of the children from Amity to their new settings. 

Copyright 1994, Woodbury Reports, Inc. (This article may be reproduced without prior approval if the copyright notice and proper publication and author attribution accompanies the copy.)

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