BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — A circus school in Vermont will receive financial support from the town of Brattleboro as it continues to stabilize operations following a turbulent year.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports the Brattleboro Select Board approved a $50,000 loan from the Small Business Assistance Program for the New England Center for Circus Arts. According to financial documents, the funds will help with workshops and class registration.

The NECCA added a new trapezium building last year. Founders Elsie Smith and Serenity Smith Forchion have also been rehired as co-artistic directors by the executive board following a bitter leadership dispute.

Interim executive director Jeff Lewis says the school is trying to create enough working capital to strengthen the school and continue growing. Lewis believes the community-backed plan is strong.

Information from: Brattleboro Reformer,

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