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Kutztown Area School Board votes to close Albany Elementary School

By Pam Cunningham, Reporter
Published On: Feb 19 2013 10:57:35 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 20 2013 09:00:30 AM CST

Albany Elem to close

KUTZTOWN, Pa. -

The Kutztown Area School Board voted in favor of closing Albany Elementary School. Some at the school board meeting said for 14 years they've been debating whether or not to close Albany Elementary.

The school currently has kindergarten and first grade students. Last year the former superintendent said the cost savings would be $300,000 to close the school.

Tuesday night the current superintendent said the cost savings would be about $100,000 if they voted in favor of closing the school.

One parent said she wished people were talking about what was best for students not what the district would save.

A teacher who has worked in the school district for decades pointed out the value of teachers working in the same building and supported all the students from Albany moving to Greenwich-Lenhartsville Elementary.

The school board voted and in a vote of 5 to 4 closed Albany Elementary for the upcoming school year. There was a question if closing a school needs a super majority vote. The solicitor said no. And the vote stands.

The next question was what happens to all the fifth graders in the entire school district. Should they be moved to the middle school?

The school board's decision on that question was to table the issue so they could have more information about how the classrooms would have change in either the Greenwich-Lenhartsville Elementary School and the middle school.