Board considers closing school to fix budget gap

Published: May. 11, 2011 at 2:21 AM CDT|Updated: May. 17, 2011 at 8:09 AM CDT
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WEST FELICIANA, LA (WAFB) - The West Feliciana School System believes closing Tunica Elementary School is the answer to fixing their more than a million dollar budget problem. Parents, however, disagree.

Dozens of parents joined teachers in the school cafeteria, loaded with questions Tuesday night. Superintendent Hollis Milton explained it costs $1.3 million a year to run the school. He wants to move the 115 students who go there to Bains and Bains Elementary Schools to save money, but some parents aren't backing down without a fight.

"Their grades are going to go down. They have to take into consideration the ADHD kids. There are so many kids and they have trouble concentrating already anyway, and they're not taking that into consideration at this point," said concerned parent Keisha McMillan.

The school board will decide whether to close the school at its next meeting on May 17.

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