Brownsburg Challenger Learning Center faces closure

District says it can't afford to keep CLC open

BROWNSBURG, Ind. - A learning center that provides interactive experiences for young students will close.

The Brownsburg school board voted Monday night to close the Brownsburg Challenger Learning Center.

IMAGES: CLC's simulated space flight (from 2011) 

"With great regret, a very difficult decision has been made to recommend … to cease operation … at the end of the school year," said Donna Petraits, communications coordinator for the school district, in an email to RTV6. "This is a financial decision, as the BCSC significantly subsidizes the CLC operation each year."

The district said state and local legislation that trimmed the schools' budget left it with little choice but to close the center, which has run a deficit for 10 years.

Other schools had helped foot the bill, but have less ability to do that now because of funding reductions.

CLC opened in 1994 and is one of about 50 similar centers built to honor the crew that died in the 1986 Challenger space shuttle explosion.

The learning center features interactive experiences that integrate science, technology, engineering and math with life skills of teamwork, decision-making and critical thinking. It serves grades 5 through 12.

In a story RTV6 did in 2011 regarding the 25th anniversary of the Challenger explosion, officials said the center educates about 9,000 students each year.

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