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School closings back on the agenda

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Parents and concerned citizens spoke out at a school board work session Monday night, hoping to change the board's mind on closing Edgewood Elementary and Marshall Middle Schools. 

The schools closing is just one of many issues concerned citizens addressed the school board with Monday night.

The board even talked about possible alternatives and why these two schools were chosen in particular to be closed.

The key phrase of the night was furlough days, which was the main alternative discussed. The interim superintendent said it would take 13 days to make up the shortfall and keep both schools open.

A Columbus pastor who addressed the board Monday night says that the actions to close both schools are being rushed.

The board is expected to vote on the proposal which includes closing both Edgewood and Marshall on Monday during a board meeting.    

Monday night, they also talked about cutting nearly 40 teacher positions and said they would look at a variety of methods when it came to selecting which teachers would be laid off from the district.

There also was talk of several principal appointments and elementary schools in the district as well as raising the cost of lunch for next school year.

Lunch would increase by 10 cents for elementary, middle, and high schools and by 75 cents for adults.

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