Augusta County School May Close in June

VERONA, Va. (WHSV) -- An Augusta County elementary school may close after this school year to help solve a deficit.

At Thursday night's Augusta County School Board meeting, members discussed the budget and the deficit facing the county.

One plan discussed to help solve the deficit involves closing Verona Elementary School.

If the school board passed that plan, the school would be closed in June.

Starting next school year, students would be reassigned to either Beverley Manor Elementary, Churchville Elementary or Clymore Elementary.

By closing Verona Elementary, the county could save money close to a million dollars, according to the school board.

That money would go towards teacher and staff salaries, tech upgrades at other schools and after-school programs.

Christine Campbell, whose son goes to Verona Elementary School thinks this is the wrong move.

"I understand the money aspect, but they also have to understand that children do not do well with change. You're dealing with children, not with money. You need to focus on the needs of the children, not on the needs of the economy because this is our future," said Campbell.

One reason Verona Elementary would be closed is because it is the most convenient for redistricting the students, according to a school board member.

On March 20, there will another meeting to discuss the budget.


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