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After Day-McKellar Closing, Best Solution Was a Small New School

Leo Hamel: “Leo Hamel K-8 Academy [opened] in January. We currently have eight students, and employ two teachers as well as the former head of administration.”

To the editor:

I read your article about the Day-McKellar school with interest. I don’t feel the need to comment on the fraud lawsuit. However, I wanted to let you know that I have also taken steps to ensure that the children who went to that school may continue their education.

My own children were attending Day-McKellar when the school collapsed, so I decided to employ the most loved and successful former teacher to continue to tutor my children.

Other parents who’d had children in the school contacted me and asked if their children could join mine, and I decided that the best solution was to create a small new school for their kids as well as mine.

I was able to lease part of the building that had been vacated by Day-McKellar, and opened Leo Hamel K-8 Academy in January. We currently have eight students, and employ two teachers as well as the former head of administration.

We will maintain the same caring, homey environment with individual attention for the children as they had at Day-McKellar (maximum 8 students to one teacher). I am personally covering negative cash flow and don’t expect to profit from it any time soon.

I just wanted my kids and those of my friends to have a wonderful private school to attend where they are assured of a tailored and creative learning environment. Please feel free to contact me for more information.

Leo Hamel

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