- Associated Press - Thursday, September 26, 2019

SALINA, Kan. (AP) - A Salina-based nonprofit that provides child welfare and adult services plans to merge with the former St. John’s Military School, which closed in May after years of litigation over its supervision of cadets.

Saint Francis Ministries, an Episcopalian organization, announced Thursday that it will lead a collaboration to establish future uses for the nearly 40-acre campus in north Salina. The Salina Journal reports the campus name has been changed to St. John’s Ministries and School.

The Rev. Bobby Smith, dean and CEO of Saint Francis Ministries, says initial plans include working with the business and educational leaders to possibly develop a career-technical program for young people.

St. John’s Military School cited the litigation, as well as declining enrollment, when it announced it would close the school after 131 years.

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Information from: The Salina (Kan.) Journal, http://www.salina.com

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