Beth Israel Early Learning Center to close its doors after 40 years

Beth Israel Early Learning Center to close its doors after 40 years

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - After 40 long and faithful years, the Beth Israel Preschool in Jackson is closing it’s doors for the last time.

The school announced the news Monday that they will close as early as next month, and the sudden decision is leaving parents concerned.

“We had family and friends that sent their kids there, and they have excellent reviews,” said one parent.

But Monday morning parents got the unexpected news that the school will close next month on December 20th.

“It was quite sudden, quite unexpected, and, as you can imagine, there has been quite the uproar,” said Angela Shannon.

Shannon’s kids have been attending the pre-school for the last 5 years, but now Shannon says she doesn’t know what the future will hold.

“At least give us until May so that will give us time to research more school and so the teachers have time to find a job,” said Shannon.

That’s something J.B and Vanetta Levesque say they completely agree with.

“It was so abrupt I thought it was a joke, honestly. I wouldn’t have believed it until I got the email and all the text,” they said.

The Levesque’s say they don’t know where their children will go next, but still have hope the school’s doors will remain open.

“Beth Israel is a great school and to end on a note like this isn’t really showcasing that greatness.”

So why is the school shutting down after all these years?

The Beth Israel president replied in a statement saying:

"It is with the heaviest of hearts that the Beth Israel Congregation Board of Directors has determined that this will be the Beth Israel Early Learning Center’s final semester of operation. After more than 40 years, we will close our doors on December 20, 2019.

The Board evaluated myriad options in hopes of keeping the Early Learning Center (ELC) in operation. Ultimately, as the early-learning options – and parents’ needs – in the Jackson area have changed, it has become clear there is simply no financially feasible way for the ELC to continue.

We owe a debt of gratitude to those who helped found the preschool and those many teachers and staff who have continued to teach and nurture our students. We are committed to providing as much support and assistance as we can during this time of transition to the ELC families and staff."

The Beth Israel board will host a meeting to discuss future plans on Tuesday night.

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