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New York holds off on Boys Choir eviction

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NEW YORK, Dec 29, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- New York has backed off its decision to evict the Harlem Boys Choir from the public school the organization has called home for 12 years.

But the choir will only be an after-school program at the school, and officials with the world-famous choir will have to get its own offices in its own building, CNN reported Thursday.

New York school officials previously announced they were severing ties with the Harlem Boys Choir after learning choir director Walter Turnbull was still at the helm of the organization.

Turnbull had been ordered to step down for failing report the sexual abuse of a student at the school and failing to fire the accused employee.

When news of the abuse became public, donations to the world famous choir dropped off, leaving it $5 million in the hole.

Turnbull founded the Boys Choir of Harlem in 1975. More than 600 children attend the public school where academic instruction is provided and choir staff members teach music.


Copyright 2005 by United Press International

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