The Perry-Hocking Educational Service Center recently voted to shut down the Perry County Learning Center. Superintendent Dale Dickson says a lack of appropriate funding to support the alternative school is the reason. He says after the Ohio General Assembly transferred 300-million dollars in "temporary assistance to needy family federal funds" from the state jobs and family service department to the state general fund, it sealed the fate of this and other quality programs around the state. The Perry Learning Center opened in August of 2000. Its an alternative school focused on serving up to 75 at-risk student per year from the Perry county area.