Another night of heated debate at school district's public forum - WRBL

Another night of heated debate at school district's public forums

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -

Wednesday was the last of the mandatory public forums held by the Muscogee County School District, to discuss the possible closure of Edgewood Elementary and Marshall Middle school.

The potential closings are part of a proposed budget adjustment plan, recommended by Interim Superintendent Dr. John Philips.

At Marshall Middle School, everyone who stood up had a story to tell about the positive impact Marshall has made on their lives. Parents and students alike, asked the board to keep their school open.

But what happens if the board does vote "no" on the proposed plan, keeping the schools open?

District administrators remind the public that the money has to come from somewhere.

"This has been happening for a number of years where we have had to find ways to balance the budget and now we are at the point that we can no longer do business the way we used to," said Chief of Student Services, Melvin Blackwell.

Blackwell explained that the next viable option are employee furloughs, or work schedule adjustment days.

"If we're trying to reach a figure of 13 or 14 million dollars then that's 14 work adjustment days," said Blackwell.

As a former Marshall Middle School Principal, Blackwell added that he sympathizes with the students and their parents, but to him, keeping kids in school for 180 days is the number one priority.

If the board decides to close the schools, the students will be re-districted.

A vote is expected at Monday's school board meeting.

 

Liz Buckthorpe

Liz joins the WRBL news team from all the way from New England. More>>

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