School Board members react to proposal for 2 school closings
COLUMBUS, Ga. -
While teachers in Muscogee County are being thanked for their work this Teacher Appreciation Week, some are also facing job uncertainty. Two school closings and layoffs are possibilities amid state budget cuts.
"We don't want to go back to furloughing teachers so we've got to look at other measures so right now all we're doing is looking at the options nothing is concrete right now," said board member Athavia Senior.
During a special called board meeting Interim Superintendent Dr. John Phillips presented a proposed a plan to close Edgewood Elementary and Marshall Middle schools as a cost reduction option. "It's against the law for us to present a deficit budget," said board member Cathy Williams. Senior says she supports the proposal.
Board members are still looking into the details and waiting to hear from the public. Senior and Williams agree something must be done.
"I understand that no child wants to leave their neighborhood to attend a school but yes we have to make some adjustments," said Senior. "These are not easy decisions that we're making but we have to. We have no choice. What is our choice? If we don't start to shutdown schools what is our choice?" said Williams.
News 3 did reach out to the principals of both schools. They would not speak on camera. Our calls were referred to Valerie Fuller, the Muscogee County School District spokesperson. Fuller says the principal of Marshall Middle School supports the best interest of the children and district as proposed.