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Norbel School in Howard County to close

Norbel School, a private, nonprofit school in Elkridge for children with learning differences, will close July 1 because it has "insufficient enrollment and money to begin another school year," according to officials.

The enrollment at the school, which served grades one through 12, has steadily declined over the past five years and this past year was 40 percent lower than five years ago, said Harry Siegel, attorney for the Norbel school board.

Because of its struggles with enrollment and funding, the school's goal was to complete the academic year to allow seniors to graduate, officials said in a news release.

"The crushing debt just led to the close of the school," said Siegel. "We weren't going to start another school year that we couldn't finish."

Siegel said parents were notified of the board's decision to close the school last week. He added, "The board wanted to make sure that aside from families having time and notice the teachers at the school had ample time and notice to get other jobs."

Siegel said the school has no plans for the property.

joseph.burris@baltsun.com

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