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Eckerd Academy set to close

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Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 04:58 PM

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Officials at Eckerd Academy announced late Friday plans to close the youth residential treatment center off Culbreath Road.

Officials cited the bleak outlook for the economic climate for residential youth treatment as the main reason for the facility's closure.

The facility, which offers individualized academic and therapeutic treatment for boys 10 to 17 years of age, will close by Aug. 30.

In December 2011 Eckerd Academy officials decided to move the girls at the facility to Camp E-Nini-Hassee in Floral City.

"Although Eckerd Academy at Brooksville has been effective for helping youth reach their potential, the fact is that the economy is not turning around fast enough for us to keep this facility open for much longer," stated Ron Zychowski, chief operating officer for Eckerd.

No other Eckerd programs are slated for closure, according to the release.

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