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Parents Protest Proposed School Closings in Webster County
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on April 09, 2013 @ 8:49AM
Created on April 08, 2013 @ 10:44PM
The Webster County Board of Education held the first in a series of public hearings Monday night to discuss closing Diana Elementary and Glade Middle School.
 
A large crowd turned out at Diana Elementary to protest the closures. They said they want to keep their community school and have concerns about t heir kids taking longer bus rides, safety issues and class sizes.
 
The proposal would send Diana students in grades pre-K through 6 to Webster Springs Elementary. Seventh and eighth  grade students from Glade Middle, Diana and Webster Springs Elementary would attend Webster County High School.
 
"It's very difficult to make ends meet in a small rural county that has a lot of expenses and has no excess levy. The major reason is to equalize the resources that we spend in the various schools for the various students," said Dr. Martha Dean, Webster County Schools Superintendent.
 
"We have a lot of people that come to say 'It's just a building, why do you want to keep this tin building open?' It's not just a building. It's where the children in this community get to come to learn everyday and build upon what we've grown here. We have a community of people who care about one another, and we want to keep that community and keep those kids right were they're at," said LaCosta Westfall, Diana Save Our School Committee president.
 
The board is scheduled to vote on the matter on Tuesday, April 16th.

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