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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Parent Michelle Brown is outraged at the possible closing of Edgewood Elementary. Talk of shutting down the school surfaced after a special called meeting by interim superintendent John Phillips was announced last week.

Brown told us Tuesday night that there is no reason such a high achieving school should close.

"Edgewood is on the Title 1 distinguished school list, they are on the Georgia Department of Education Excellence school list," Brown said.

 Brown has two children who attend the school, one of whom is special needs. She says being at Edgewood has helped her son see progress in his education.

Another parent, Irene Hedden, says her son has been at the school since Kindergarten.

"He loves this school. He's got one more year there, he doesn't want to have to go to another school just for 5th grade and then change again for middle school," Hedden said.  

Both parents are working together to stop the school from closing. They have a petition circulating the community and the Internet. Both plan to attend the meeting pertaining to the school closing when it happens.

Interim superintendent John Phillips said at a previous school board meeting that several school properties would be considered for closure and listed for surplus to be sold.

Meanwhile both Brown and Hedden say this will hurt students in the district more than helping them. 

"Many families can't afford to transport their children--- so that is extra gas money some of them don't have cars so they have to walk," Hedden said.

"You take this school out of here, the neighborhood is not going to be the same at all," Brown said.

At last check the special-called board meeting to discuss the closing of Edgewood had been rescheduled. However, the board does plan to meet in executive session on Wednesday to discuss a personnel matter.

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