School Board to Discuss Possible Verona Elementary Closing

VERONA, Va. (WHSV) -- At Thursday night's Augusta County School Board meeting, members will discuss the possibility of closing Verona Elementary School.

In an effort to save the school, more than 650 people have signed an online petition.

After the meeting, there will be a much clearer picture about what the future holds for the school.

By closing Verona Elementary, the county could save more than $500,000.

Students attending Verona would be distributed among Beverley Manor Elementary, Churchville Elementary and Clymore Elementary.

Many people in the area are not happy about the possible school closure.

Patricia Foster, who has a grandchild who attends Verona Elementary, said a more effective plan is needed.

"I think it's a short-term solution to a long-term problem. I think the money they would save from this is a spit in the ocean. The board needs to sit down and make a plan that will be meaningful,not just these stop-gap measures," said Foster.

Mitzi Gwin, the organizer of the petition, said she hopes many of the people who signed the petition show up in full force tonight to really get their point across to the school board.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the government center in Verona. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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