Ky school district debates future of facility

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JENKINS, Ky. (AP) - An eastern Kentucky school district is trying to decide whether a 100-year-old community school can be kept open or if it has shrunk beyond the point of viability.

Members of the Jenkins Independent Schools Board of Education are set to meet at 6 p.m. EDT Monday at Jenkins Middle High School to discuss the future of McRoberts Elementary.

The McRoberts school was organized with 490 students in August 1912 at the same time the Jenkins system was organized. It was absorbed into the Jenkins system on April 26, 1915. Since the closing of the Beth-Elkhorn Division of Bethlehem Steel, enrollment has declined.

The Mountain Eagle reported that since June, enrollment at McRoberts Elementary for the coming year stood at 34 students. That's down from 40 students a year ago.

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