The school is closed indefinitely, as are all schools in Liberia, because of the Ebola outbreak that is now the suspected cause of over 400 deaths in that country and over 1,100 in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf declared a 90-day state of emergency on August 6, about a week after she ordered the schools closed. So our working assumption is that the 2014-15 school year cannot begin until November, at least. As of August 14, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was still reporting that there are no cases of Ebola in Grand Gedeh County, but the outbreak has spread to new areas in the past couple of weeks and there is definitely cause for concern.
Meanwhile, work continues on developing the school farm, and the people of Twarbo Region remain committed to the long-term success of their school. Yaobo, a small village west of the school and outside of the area where most of our current students live, has donated about 200 acres for farm expansion.