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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

One after another, parents sounded off to Muscogee County School Board members and administrators - mostly to talk about the school closings. Other issues brought up were the superintendent search, possible teacher layoffs, and employee contracts.

It wasn't just parents who spoke out Tuesday night. Savannah Connaway, 9, who attends Edgewood, walked in to meeting poster in hand supporting efforts to keep her school open.

"I just want them to make other plans to keep the school open and I  think they can do other suggestions instead of closing down our school," Connaway said.

Connaway's voice wasn't the only one to come from inside the hallways of a Muscogee County School. Baker Middle School teacher Brenda Williams who worked at Marshall Middle School says closing the school is like erasing an important piece of history.

"I could understand maybe moving a school, but I'm very against closing the school altogether because that school has so much of a legacy for blacks here in Columbus, Georgia," Williams said. 

Board Chair Rob Varner says that this type of open forum is the first of many to come.

"The opportunity for us to spend time engaging the public and for the administration to spend two hours here in one night answering questions really one on one with a lot of citizens. Tonight is terrific," Varner said. 

This public forum meeting was called before the recent proposal for school closures. Public hearings for the potential closing of Edgewood Elementary and Marshall Middle School will take place on May 14 & May 16 at 6 p.m. for each respective school. 

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