VERONA, Va. - It was standing room only at the Augusta County School Board meeting. The board held a budget meeting Thursday night and one of the topics was whether or not to close Verona Elementary School at the end of the school year.
The board decided to not to close the school. Verona Elementary will remain open.
The school system was facing an almost $4 million dollar deficit and one of the options offered up to help close that gap was to close Verona Elementary School.
A lot of people weren't happy that the board considered closing the school and many parents, students, and faculty members showed up to meeting to show their support and voice their concerns.
Holly Herman, the parent of a student there, says she feels relieved about the board's decision.
"I'm pleased with the outcome tonight, that they didn't put us on the chopping block, but like I said it was a good night for Verona immediately, it still a hard night for Augusta County schools and the budget they had, there's a lot of work that we need to do, a lot of priorities that need to be met, " says Herman
There was also an online petition circulating as well. Everyone was working really hard to keep Verona Elementary School open. The petition had nearly 700 signatures.