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Marengo Academy closes doors after 50 years

The board that oversees Marengo Academy has voted to close the school and will not re-open for the upcoming school year.

According to multiple reports, the school is closing due to financial concerns. Attempts to reach board members as well as the headmaster were not successful.

The school was established as a private, Christian-based facility for kindergarten through twelfth grades. Enrollment for the last school year was reported to be 135 students.

The school held an open house event on June 9, inviting the public to tour the school and meet teachers.

Marengo Academy opened in 1969 for first through sixth grades and then expanded to include high school grades in 1970. Since that time, MA has had its share of successes, especially in sports where the Longhorn football team has won nine state championships, including the latest in 2016. The softball team won a state title in 2017.

The closing of MA is the third this summer for AISA schools, the other two being Holy Cross Episcopal in Montgomery and Kingwood Christian in Alabaster.

(This article originally appeared in the Wednesday, July 10 issue of the Demopolis Times.)