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Financially strapped Lutheran High facing closure

Lutheran High School in Manoa is facing the possibility of closure at the end of the school year because of financial difficulty.

The campus will hold a fundraiser next Friday to garner community support.

“We need all the help we can get right now,” said principal Art Gundell.

Gundell said the school, which relies on student tuition, has seen enrollment drop over the last four years from 140 to 100 students.

Lutheran High, with 16 employees, has been in deficit spending for nearly two years, and has all but depleted its savings, he said.

Students pay about $10,000 to attend the school.

Lutheran High is the latest small school in the islands to face closure in the economic downturn.

Holy Trinity School in Kuliouou and Word of Life Academy in Kakaako both closed their doors at the end of last school year.

The Lutheran High fundraiser will start at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at Hawaii Theatre, and will feature Roland Cazimero.

Tickets start at $45.

For more information, call 528-0506.

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