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Green Fields School to shut down after 86 years

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Posted at 1:27 PM, Jul 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-10 08:56:28-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Green Fields School announced Tuesday that it's shutting down.

On its website, the private school said it lacked the funding to finish the school year.

"I am writing to you with great sadness to announce that Green Fields is closing, effective today," wrote Anthony Marshall, the school's president of the board of trustees. "The school has not been able to put in place funding that would guarantee its ability to remain open for the full 2019-2020 school year. The Board worked exhaustively to put in place a viable plan during recent months. Those efforts continued up through this past weekend. We have exhausted every option that would allow us to continue. Therefore, Green Fields will not open in August."

The school, at 6000 N. Camino De La Tierra, opened in 1933.

On the site, Marhsall said the school has entered bankruptcy proceedings and the school's property will be put on the market immediately. Funds from the sale will be used to pay off the school's creditors, including parents who have paid tuition for the coming school year.

"I realize that this news is both surprising and painful," Marshall wrote.

Staff will be available starting Monday, July 15 to help students transfer to other schools in the area.

Green Fields alumni include Olympic gymnast Kerri Strug, author Mark Poirier and TV and writer Blake Masters.

An earlier version of this story said the school had been opened for 76 years.