Fayette County School Board to close 4 schools next year - CBS46 News

Fayette County School Board to close 4 schools next year

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FAYETTE COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -
In a bold move to help make up for a $15 million shortfall, the Fayette County School Board voted Monday night to close four schools.
 
The vote took place at a public meeting at Ferrol A. Sams Auditorium.
 
The school district held the meeting there to try to accommodate the expected crowd.
 
Close to 300 people showed up.
 
Gisel Rodriguez has a daughter at Fayette Middle School.
 
It's one of the schools closing starting next school year.
 
"I feel sad because my daughter has been going to that school, you know," Rodriguez said.

Fayette Intermediate School, Brooks Elementary School and Tyrone Elementary School will also close.
 
Melinda Berry-Dreisbach with the district told CBS Atlanta News the lack of revenue is directly tied to the overall economy and being in a county that is not growing.
 
Closing schools didn't sit well with the dozens of parents who attended the meeting.
 
"It's difficult for us, you know. They'll be going to other places in the county," Rodriguez said.
 
The crowd was shown maps with new district lines, which indicate where the students and teachers will transfer.
 
Parent Melissa Hill, like most of the parents who attended the meeting, was upset with the vote.
 
"The town is going to suffer. The real estate is going to suffer. The kids are going to suffer. It floors me that four people can decide our fate," Hill said.
 
Hill attended the meeting with her daughter, who is a student at Tyrone Elementary School in Tyrone.
 
The school board is made up of five members. They made it clear that the closures are the first step in more cuts to come to help with the district's shrinking budget.
  
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