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St. Paul's Academy holds last graduation

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

A Savannah school is shutting down after more than two decades. Friday the school honored the last set of graduates before it closes its doors for good.

The school is facing a lack of funding; it's in an old building that needs repairs. Administrators said the school has never been the same since the death of its founder and leader.

The Saint Paul's Academy on 38th Street was founded by Reverend Henry Delaney Jr. who had a vision to provide an education to children who were in the juvenile system, or who weren't doing well in traditional schools.

Saint Paul's started in 1993 with about 20 students. Now each year it enrolls around 100, many of whom go on to college.

Ten students graduated Friday from Saint Paul's academy.

It will be the school's last graduation, as Reverend Delaney's school closes less than a year after his death.

"And I just feel sad that it has to end now, and it's really ending because the lack of community involvement and his death so the school actually died with him which makes me very, very sad," Revrend Dianne G. Williams said.

The school's building is owned by St. Paul's Christian Methodist Episcopal church, and there's no word on what they'll do with it.

The future of the students is also still unknown at this time.

Some churches have expressed interested in carrying over some of the Saint Paul Academy's curriculum and taking on some of its students.

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