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Eastern Kentucky University closing Somerset campus

Eastern Kentucky University announced Friday that it will close its small campus operation in Somerset on June 30.

EKU has had a 5,000-square-foot office in Somerset since 2011, according to a news release.

The school said it decided to close the operation because of state budget cuts. EKU faces a 4.5 percent cut in state support for each of the next two fiscal years, as well as an estimated $8 million in additional costs for mandated retirement contributions and other needs, the news release said.

EKU said there is one class at the Somerset branch scheduled to finish in June. No other classes were scheduled during the summer.

The school is looking at other options to continue classes in Somerset, according to the release, which said EKU’s regional campuses in Corbin, Danville and Manchester are not affected by the decision.

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