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Board votes to close 2 area schools

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It was a packed school board meeting Monday night as many parents were hoping for a better outcome. Instead they got a vote that closed two schools in Muscogee County forever.

"They keep saying they are doing it for all the children... the best thing for the children is not shutting down an award-winning school," Edgewood parent Michelle Brown said.

As part of Superintendent John Phillips' proposal to the board, both Marshall Middle School and Edgewood Elementary will close their doors, generating about $10 million for district. Phillips says that he understands the frustrations from all parties involved.

"We know that everybody loves their school and we are empathic about it, but business decisions have to be made," Phillips said.

Board member Mark Cantrell made a motion to table Monday night's vote but withdrew that motion after getting a better understanding of how the administration felt about adopting the proposal.

"You just can't operate these small elementary schools as we used to," Phillips said.

Brown says that she felt her work to keep the schools was all done for nothing. She says the closing came just as her son was seeing improvement at Edgewood.  

"Today his teacher sent me a video for the first time in his life but they are saying that is not good enough," Brown said.

Both schools will be closed for the 2013-2014 school year. Students that attend each respective school will be displaced at other elementary and middle schools adjacent to their current school zones. 

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