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Cost, enrollment levels cause Mississippi to close 4 schools

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Mississippi's second-largest school district has voted to close four elementary schools in the face of an estimated $14 million in repairs and declining enrollment.

Posted: Mar. 7, 2018 6:52 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's second-largest school district has voted to close four elementary schools in the face of an estimated $14 million in repairs and declining enrollment.

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The Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees voted Wednesday to close next year Brown Elementary, French Elementary, George Elementary and Woodville Heights Elementary. The Clarion-Ledger reports state Department of Education data shows enrollment has declined about 16 percent over the past decade.

The vote comes after a feasibility study projected repairing the four schools would cost more than $13.8 million. Students will be sent to neighboring schools and school employees will be able to apply at other district schools.

A school district news release says the organization is trying to figure out how the buildings can be used as community assets.

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