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Blue Ridge Christian Academy closing doors

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LANDRUM, S.C. – Blue Ridge Christian Academy will not open for the 2013-14 school year, according to the school's publicist, Angie Dentler.

Blue Ridge Christian Academy, Landrum, SCRecent efforts to raise the money needed for continued operations were unsuccessful, Dentler said.

On Tuesday, Aug. 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the school will hold a public sale of all curricula, books, teacher resources, office supplies, school supplies, toys and bulletin board materials.

Furniture and computers will not be for sale Tuesday, Dentler said.

Earlier this year, a national controversy arose over a science quiz administered to the school's fourth grade class. In May, officials announced the resulting media attention led to donations totaling $15,000 from across the nation and over 70 countries around the world.

At the time, school officials said they needed to raise a total of $200,000 to continue operations for the 2013-14 school year.

According to the school's website, Blue Ridge Christian Academy employs 16 full-time teachers as well as several part-time teachers and aides.

Future funding and re-organization options are being researched by the school's board of directors, and all proceeds from the supplies sale will go toward paying debt, including two months of teachers' salaries, Dentler said.

Blue Ridge Christian Academy is located at 424 Highway 101 in Landrum.

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(Pictured: Blue Ridge Christian Academy in Landrum. / BRCA Facebook page.)

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