New LDS Values-Based School Opens

New LDS Values-Based School Opens

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A new L-D-S values based private school is opening next week to replace two schools shuttered in December under financial pressure.

School starts next Monday at the Mount Hyrum Academy in South Jordan. That's a quick start, since it's only been planned for a few weeks.

It replaces the Deseret Academy and Mountain Heritage Academy.

The school is a for-profit company, but investors have vowed to reinvest any profits from its first five years back into the school.

Though all three schools are based on L-D-S values, none is endorsed by the church.

School administrators acknowledge they might have trouble gaining the trust of parents whose kids went to the closed schools. Some enrolled their children in one school just 10 days before the second one shut down.

State officials warn parents to be careful where they send their kids, because private schools are mostly unregulated.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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