Dropping enrollment, funding cuts could close Alabama school

Officials say an Alabama high school's enrollment has dwindled and it needs $200,000 to keep some administrative jobs that federal funding pays for.

Posted: May. 8, 2018 10:48 AM

REFORM, Ala. (AP) — Officials say an Alabama high school's enrollment has dwindled and it needs $200,000 to keep some administrative jobs that federal funding pays for.

News outlets reported Monday the number of students at Pickens County High School decreased from more than 260 last year to 221 at this school year's start. County Schools Superintendent Jamie Chapman says if enrollment is less than 250 a school can no longer receive the funding for salaried assistant principals or partial funding for a counselor and librarian.

Chapman says a reconfiguration among the system's schools must be done to increase Pickens County High's enrollment and keep it open.

A federal court must approve any reconfiguration because the school is under a desegregation order. Chapman hopes to know in May if a plan will be approved.

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