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Community rallies in opposition of school possibly closing

Dozens of community members showed up ahead of the school board meeting with signs, buttons,...
Dozens of community members showed up ahead of the school board meeting with signs, buttons, and glowsticks.(WHSV)
Published: Dec. 9, 2019 at 7:02 PM EST
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Ahead of Monday night's Rockingham County School Board meeting, dozens of community members stood outside of Broadway High School with signs, buttons,and glow sticks in opposition to the possibility of Linville-Edom Elementary closing.

"People who've grandparents went here, the grandparents that went here themselves are speaking up and showing up hopefully tonight to support us."Jane Blackburn, co-president of the Linville -Edom PTO, said. "We want to make sure that the school board members know and Dr.Scheikl knows that there is tremendous support behind keeping Linville Edom open."

We first introduced you to these

members last month when they created yard signs to bring awareness to the potential change.

Blackburn said she hoped tonight the community would come out to the meeting to hear the details of the school board plan to possible close the school.

Dr.Oskar Scheikl, Superintendent of Rockingham County Public Schools, told WHSV the proposed change could save the school district close to $8,000,000 the school district could use elsewhere.

Dr.Scheikl said no decision has been made yet and hopes through meetings like on Monday he can hear more from the community.

Monday's school board meeting featured a public comment period but those wishing to speak had to sign up before the meeting started.

22 people signed up to speak at the meeting. The auditorium was packed with people wearing t-shirts and buttons that said "Keep Linville-Edom open. Many parents said they didn't want to see such a great community broken up.

Aaron Kishbaugh has two sons, one in third grade at Linville-Edom and one older that went to the school. He said that losing the school would increase class sizes elsewhere and would take away from teacher and student relationships.

"Both kids told me on my way here tonight that I was responsible for saving the school which I think is what a lot of kids are telling their parents right now," Kishbuagh said.

Scheikl spoke Monday night at the meeting, he said closing the school would save money and not cause any overcrowding. He also told WHSV that he doesn't see final decision being made before the Spring.

"This is the time for the public to respond," Scheikl said. "This is the time for the school board to ask questions and to listen to the community before making the decision."