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News & Views - Jan, 2000 Issue #65

The Judson Board of Directors Announce School Closing

[November 30, 1999] - After more than 70 years in operation, Judson School will close its doors at the Mockingbird Lane campus in Paradise Valley at the conclusion of the 1999-2000 school year.

The market for a school like Judson has changed significantly and it is no longer viable to operate such a school on a long-term basis. Because of our close family ties to the Judson School, closing the school has been a tremendously difficult, but necessary decision.

The Judson tradition has been a part of the Wick family for more than half a century — our family has attended Judson, and most have worked here. We have been witnesses to the achievements of young people from the Valley, the nation and around the world who have attended the school.

We want to assure you that this school year will continue at a fully operational level. It is our intent to make it not only a year of accomplishment, but also one that will create special memories for those who are part of this last year at Mockingbird Lane. Additionally, Judson’s Alpine Summer Programs will be operating at full strength in the summer of 2000 and beyond.

Again, the highest priority of the faculty and staff is that of creating a positive year for all of our students, grades Kindergarten through 12, boarding and day students. The faculty and staff will directly address the immediate concerns of the students pertaining to this announcement. Tomorrow, Dennis Gray, Head of School, will send a letter which includes a schedule of parent meetings and which addresses some of your future concerns.

In addition to our commitment to our students, we pledge to our thousands of alumni, all over the world that we will commit our efforts to working toward giving you the means to connect to the fine Judson tradition.

And to our friends who have worked with us throughout the years, we thank you for your support, and for helping us create an internationally recognized learning culture.

Finally, we would like to express our gratitude to the past and present faculty and staff of Judson. We thank you for your dedication and for everything you have brought to us — and to generations of children.

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