Maine Girls' Academy supporters rally to keep school open

Alumni, parents and students are rallying to keep the Maine Girls' Academy in Portland open after its closure was announced last week.

PORTLAND (WGME) -- The decision to close the Maine Girls' Academy was a hard one to make, officials said.

Not allowing the private high school to stay open is a decision too hard to parents, students and alumni to take.

A group of supporters are rallying to keep the school open.

On Thursday, the announcement to close the school said declining enrollment and low revenues were the major factors behind the decision.

Former student Cara Biddings sent her daughter to the academy, and she has started a GoFundMe page to try and raise the money needed to reopen the school.

"It's not intended to be the savior, but it's intended to show that there's support out there and you needed to give us time, because this was out of the blue," Biddings said.

The effort could get a boost Monday night when the Maine Girls' Academy Board of Trustees hold a meeting Monday at the Stevens Street school.

Biddings is calling on current and former students, parents and staff to attend the meeting and show their support for the school.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday.

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