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Public Hearing Set for Southland Elementary School Closure

February 22, 2018 11:18 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- The Southland School District faces an uncertain future for its elementary school. The district has been exploring its options since voters rejected a referendum last summer.

School officials say costs are up and declining enrollment has resulted in a drop in state funding. Southland School District leaders are now considering closing the elementary school in Rose Creek.

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If that happens, students would be moved Adams High School/Middle School. According to the district's finance committee closing the elementary school would save the district just over $510,000.

"It's never an easy process the stuff that we're going through when we're talking finances but truly the board is going through a good process here and I hope that people in the Southland district can understand that and really come out and get the facts,” Southland Superintendent Jeff Sampson said.

“The concern is if you bring the kids down here without asking for more money then they're going to say we don't have space we have to add on,” Pat Graves, of Elkton,  said.

The floor was not opened to comment Thursday, but parents and community members will have a chance to give their input next month.                

A public meeting is planned for March 15th at 6 PM in the Southland High School Middle School auditorium.


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