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Oldfields School, a private all-girls school in Baltimore County, will remain open despite previous plans to close at the end of the 2022-2023 academic year. The announcement was made by the school’s new board chair, who took over leadership in June 2023.
According to The Baltimore Sun, the decision to keep the school open was made after a thorough review of the school’s finances and operations. The study found that the school was financially stable, had a solid academic program, and had significant interest from prospective students and families.
The news of the school’s potential closure sparked outrage among students, parents, and alumni, who had launched a fundraising campaign to keep the school open. The campaign raised over $3 million in just a few months, demonstrating the strong support for the school within the community.
In a statement, the new board chair expressed gratitude to the supporters of the school and pledged to work to ensure its continued success. “We are thrilled to announce that Oldfields School will remain open and continue to provide a world-class education to young women,” she said. “We are committed to building on the school’s rich history and traditions and ensuring that it remains a vibrant and thriving community for generations to come.”
Suit Against Oldfields School Administrators Dismissed
In related news, a lawsuit against Oldfields School administrators concerning the school’s potential closure has been dismissed. The case, which a group of parents and alumni filed, alleged that the administrators had breached their fiduciary duties by failing to properly manage the school’s finances and operations.
According to The Baltimore Sun, the judge in the case ruled that the plaintiffs had failed to provide sufficient evidence to support their claims. The judge also noted that the decision to keep the school open had made the lawsuit moot.
The lawsuit had been a source of controversy within the Oldfields School community, with some school supporters criticizing the plaintiffs for filing the suit and potentially jeopardizing the school’s future. However, the plaintiffs argued that the lawsuit was necessary to hold the administrators accountable for their actions.
In a statement, the plaintiffs expressed disappointment with the court’s decision but thanked the supporters of the school for their efforts to keep it open. “While we are disappointed with the outcome of the lawsuit, we are heartened by the tremendous outpouring of support for Oldfields School and the dedication of its students, parents, and alumni,” the statement read.
The dismissal of the lawsuit clears the way for the school to move forward with its plans to remain open and to continue providing a high-quality education to its students. The school, founded in 1867, has a long and storied history and is known for its rigorous academic program and a solid commitment to the development of young women.
With the threat of closure behind it, Oldfields School is poised to enter a new era of growth and success. The school’s leaders and supporters are working to build on its strengths and to ensure that it remains a vital and thriving institution for years to come. As one parent put it, “Oldfields School has been a beacon of excellence and empowerment for generations of young women, and we are thrilled that it will continue to shine for many more years to come.”