It’s been a couple of weeks since the Tipton Academy closed its doors… the result of a strange set of in house actions that precipitated a 3-county investigation and a probe by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
Mitchell County Attorney Mark Noah, who worked closely with a KDHE investigator, called the situation “shameful” and said he would have prosecuted if he could have found a statute to fit the circumstances of the unique case.
The impact on the community of Tipton and the Waconda USD 272 School District is now just coming to light.
272 Superintendent Jeff Travis said it will take 3-years for the impact of the 22-lost students to be fully felt by the school district.
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It appears the City of Tipton will be able to take the building back over which Tipton Mayor Adrian Arnoldy says puts the City back to square one.8-15-11 arnoldy cut
Arnoldy said the city spent 2-years the last time it went looking for a tenant. In the meantime, that doesn’t bring back the local jobs and medical benefits lost when the Academy closed or the local purchases made by the Academy.